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Weaning The Baby… I Need Your Help

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Amber will be ONE YEAR next week!  Which means that I’m a lucky Canadian chick who gets a one year maternity leave I have to go back to work.  Which also means that I have to daytime wean sweet little Amber very very quickly because I go back to work on MONDAY!

MONDAY!

I’m freaked out – not because I don’t want to go to work. I actually can’t wait to go back because I seriously love my job.  I’m totally freaked because I haven’t started weaning her. It doesn’t matter what I put in her cups:

  • expressed milk
  • formula
  • cow’s milk
  • water
  • juice

She won’t drink any of it.    She has absolutely no interest in a cup, or a bottle, or even food for that matter.

I don’t want her to be sad. I don’t want her to feel abandoned.

You would think I’d be ok with this – I’ve been through this before – with my sweet Brookie (my middle daughter).  I had to leave her at daycare cold turkey on her fist birthday – I’m still sad about that.  I know that Brooke must have eaten something, and drank a little bit because she was never malnourished, or dehydrated.  But then again, Brooke made up for it at night by nursing… all.night.long.

The all night nursing was awful!  I’m sure being woken up every two hours also contributed to my depression.  I’m so scared to go down that road again.  I was so tired, so not myself.

So folks… Got any tips?  How do I make this transition easier?

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  • Heather
    October 27, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I don’t have any tips to offer as I never went through this. But I know with so many people out there in bloggy world & the Twitterverse, someone will have some helpful advice. Good luck!! And Hugs!!

  • Emma
    October 27, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I wish I had great advice, but I never had to do the one year wean (J was at daycare from 4 months on, so was pretty used to bottles of expressed milk, and with M I was part time until she was 18 months and she preferred food to nursing anyway, once she figured out how to eat).

    I feel for you! Maybe daycare will get her interested in food!

    • Janice
      October 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      You’re right Emma – we visited today and made sure we stayed for lunch and she actually ate! She also only cried for a few minutes! Yay! I guess she won’t go hungry after all. I wonder though – will she only eat at daycare and not at home? Will she wean slowly? Only time will tell I guess.

  • Jamie
    October 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I am another without a ton of helpful advice, but I wanted to say kudos to you for a successful year of breastfeeding! And much sympathy for the night nursing. I hear you all too well… good luck! I know you’ll both be fine, but it doesn’t make the process any easier

    • Janice
      October 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks Jamie! I’ve visited the daycare with her for a few hours this week, making sure we stay for lunch every visit. Today was our third time there and she actually ATE HER LUNCH! She copied the other babies in the infant room, ate her lunch AND DRANK FROM A SIPPY CUP! She nursed less today and ate more than other days – for that I’m happy! Yay!

  • kelly
    October 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    What kinds of cups have you tried? Has she ever drank from a bottle? My son loved the Nuby soft tip sippys. They were closest to a bottle. However, not living in a wonderful Country like Canada I did not get 1 year off. Such a great perk! I went back when he was 3 months. He had already been using the bottle since day 3 infrequently (latch issues). Does she like to do what her big sisters do? Maybe feeding her and them at the same time and showing her how much they enjoy drink from their big girl cups.

    • Janice
      October 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks Kelly! I’ve tried everything! Soft spout sippys, hard spout sippys, straws, regular cups…She drank from a bottle once, but that was in January when she was 2 months old, and she’s had no interest in it since. This weekend we tried distracting her, and offering food before nursing and we found that she ate a bit more…