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Anyone have experience with a baby weaning themselves from breast feeding before a year old? My daughter just turned eight months and is slowly weaning herself. To the point where I hardly have any milk to even continue to pump and try to bottle feed her. I have been starting to give her a little bit of oatmeal and some vegetables and fruits that I can purée. I was just hoping that I could be able to give her breastmilk until she was a-year-old. I just feel like she is not getting enough because she’s just learning to eat from a spoon and I don’t want to give her formula, but I’m not exactly sure what to give her. I have thought about goats milk but I do not have a place where I can get it fresh. Are there any other options?
It’s quite rare for a baby to truly self wean before a year old. They may gradually drop nursing sessions and replace some breast milk with food, but breast milk or formula should be their primary source of nutrition for the first year.
You didn’t say if you are pumping & bottle feeding 100% or just part of the time, or why. If you can nurse her, do so often in order to increase your supply. Sometimes as a baby becomes more mobile and active, the world is just too exciting to stop & nurse. At under a year old, you should still be offering to nurse, rather than waiting until baby “asks,” and you may want to find something to occupy the baby (like a colorful nursing necklace) to keep her interested.
If you are exclusively pumping, you may want to consider getting help from a lactation consultant to get more tips on increasing your supply (eating lactogenic foods, pumping more often etc.) so you can continue to provide milk in a cup or bottle. If you are able to nurse when you’re home, nurse as often as you can (before solids) and reduce or eliminate bottles.
Any amount of breast milk if a fabulous gift to your baby, so great job making it this far mama!
Does anyone have advice for Aimee?