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Bye Bye Breastfeeding AND Bottle?

nursing-300x199Everyday my breastfeeding journey with Avery is getting more and more difficult. And yesterday she proved to make it even harder than I ever imagined.

I was working on location yesterday and had to have someone watch the girls while I was gone. I left bottles of expressed breast milk for Avery so that the sitter could give her a bottle at the time that she usually nurses. About an hour after she was supposed to have her first bottle, my husband gets a call from the sitter telling him that Avery is refusing the bottle. She just wouldn’t take it no matter how hard they tried.

As soon as he called me and told me this, it got me thinking (and a little bit worried) because the day before, she refused to nurse at all during the day. She is taking solids fine and will nurse in the morning and at night okay, but she just didn’t want to nurse at all during the day. Now she wasn’t taking the bottle during the day either.

We are so close to her first birthday, which is when we will switch over to whole milk. I’m wondering if I can just start her on whole milk now. I would love for her to continue taking my milk, but she just isn’t having any of it. My milk supply has decreased again so I can’t express as much as I used to. I’ve heard of people mixing both breast milk and whole milk to help them get used to the taste. I can do that with the little amount that I am able to pump, but it just takes a lot of pumping for me to get enough for one meal.

We go back to the GI doctor next week for another follow-up appointment and a weigh in and I will ask him then. Until then, I would love to know if and when you started your little one on whole milk. Avery is clearly done with both the bottle and the breast and I need help so that I can make sure she isn’t missing a feeding.

When did you start your little one on whole milk? Did you wait until the recommended 12 months?

 

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