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7/2/12 7:51 P

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My son started biting, which was really a challenge for me. A week shy of his first birthday, he decided one day he was done. Wanted NOTHING to do with the boob. I tried for several more days to get him to nurse and he wouldn't. So that was that. My goal was to make it a year, and I pretty much did. Obviously I had to pump for about 3 weeks after he stopped nursing so I could wean myself! And I would give him the pumped breastmilk in a bottle.

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7/2/12 9:50 A

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The secret to pumping is getting a good pump, and finding a good, stress free place to pump. The longest I nursed while working outside the home was a year, and I tried a couple different pumps until I found one I liked.

It wasn't until I left the army to be self employed that I was able to nurse past a year (19 months with my third, and my fourth is still nursing at almost 15 months).

All my kids got wiggly and less interested in nursing around 9-10 months, but it passes and is not a sign that they're ready to wean that young.

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KREILLY's Photo KREILLY Posts: 116
2/28/12 10:52 P

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You all are giving me "hope" about pumping and working!! Karen I am glad to hear I'm not the only one enjoying the breastfeeding diet...it is going to be a rude awakening when I do fully stop and can't eat the same amount as I am SO enjoying right now!

This may seem like an odd question but if I am nursing two times a day (2 bottles are from pumped milk and formula..it's a little hard to make enough for the twins) does this affect baby-led weaning?

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2/28/12 4:02 P

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My baby is 8.5 months and I'm planning to start weaning him at 9 months so that he is completely weaned at 10 months. My first baby was completed weaned at 9 months. I'm totally ok with this. We are cruising in the end of May and I really don't want to be pumping and dumping while on the cruise. I'm really not sure how I will be able to be off the ship and still be able to pump. I think that my mother will appreciate the baby using his sippy cup to drink is milk. I'm thinking about maybe start pumping to build up a supply of breastmilk and see how much I can get and maybe be able to use that until he is 1. Who knows but I'm not going to stress about it. He will be just fine on formula.

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2/28/12 9:22 A

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I am planning on breastfeeding until Jonas's first birthday at least and then perhaps I will transition to giving him breastmilk in bottles and sippy cups for as long as I can stand to pump. He is 9mo now and I've noticed that during the day, he doesn't have the patience or interest to lay still to nurse for very long. I'm not sure if that is the beginnings of self-weaning or if he just wants to play. Oh and the teeth - ouch!

I understand your worry about pumping at work. For the 3 months before I quit my job, I pumped at work, and it was exhausting. My work situation was not very conducive to taking so many long breaks, and there was no where private in the whole office except for one shared bathroom stall. I'm glad I kept up with it for sure, but it wasn't easy. If it is tough for you too once you get into it, you could try pumping as much as you can, and supplementing with formula. In my head that's just as good of an option.

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HPTEAGUE's Photo HPTEAGUE Posts: 1,600
2/28/12 9:02 A

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Good point, Karen! G is a big baby as well, though he's leveled out quite a bit now that he's so active. I think he's going through another growth spurt - my supply had dipped down and now is back up and he's eating a lot of solids.

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2/28/12 8:56 A

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Baby-led weaning here. Chase is 11 months and willing to go 18-24m. I had originally been thinking 12m, but learned from an IBCLC that children do not normally naturally wean prior to 18m. I suppose I can continue to eat like a horse and stay skinny for 7-10 more months ;) Can barely keep up nutritionally with nursing a "big" 23lb baby!!!

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2/28/12 8:40 A

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Graham is 10.5 months and I'm still breastfeeding. I went back to work when he was 10 weeks and pump usually 3 times a day. I've done several work trips away from home where I've had to pump for like 4 days straight (which I hate). I'm hoping to BF through his first birthday and then maybe wean. He has teeth now and it's starting to hurt to nurse him. In order to move to his next room in daycare, he has to be walking and drinking out of a sippy cup. So I'm not sure if I'll continue to pump during the day and put the breastmilk in the sippy cup, or if I'll transition to cow's milk for daytime and then continue to nurse in the morning and before bed.

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KREILLY's Photo KREILLY Posts: 116
2/28/12 2:57 A

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Just wondering for all those breastfeeding mommies...how long are you planning to breastfeed your little ones? My girls just turned 9 months and I am going back to work in a month, I was planning on breastfeeding through their first birthday (at least) but I'm not looking forward to going back to work and pumping. I would like to keep going as much as possible :)

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