Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Minnie | 2012/05/01



My baby girl is almost 11 months old and weighs 8kg. She has been breastfed from birth and I still breastfeed her. I am planning to wean her when she turns 1. My problem is that she does not drink any milk during the day, but she wakes up between 2-3 times at night to feed. How do I go about weaning her if she only feeds at night?She only drinks a little bit of water during the daytime from a cup and hates a bottle. How do I wean her and should I replace the feedings with something else? I want her to learn to sleep through and drink her milk during the day, but she is a very picky eater and like I mentioned she does not drink a lot of fluids during the day(I offer a lot though)

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Your baby's weight is slightly below the average for her age.Her problem is as you mention here, that she does not drink any milk during the day and is used to night feeds.This will be difficult to change but I am sure that our regular forum members will have advice for you. Otherwise it will be a good idea to write to our breastfeeding support line on Health24-you will find this in the left hand column on the Health24 home page.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/05/02

Sorry, your actual question was about how to wean.

AT a year there is no need to wean to a bottle or to give formula, you can just give one or two cups of cows milk in the day. However, doing this will mean she is no longer getting all the nutrients and antibodies in your breastmilk, and it won''t help with her weight.
IF she is not taking much in the way of fluids in the day, despite you offering, then she really does need those night feeds.

WEaning doesn''t have to be all or nothing. You could stop offering in the day and give her water and cows milk to drink, and then breastfeed her at night.

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/05/02


With regard to baby''s weight, is she still following her curve from birth? Its best to see your clinic sister or peadiatrician about weight concerns or to see a dietician. Remember that the important thing is that she follows her curve - not all babies can be on teh 50th percentile - otherwise it wouldn''t be the 50th percentile it would be the 100th percentile.

In the mean time, as she is on solids at this age, try adding some more nutrient dense foods to her diet. Let her pick up chunks of avocado or butternut or slices of sweet potato. Give her small triangular sandwiches with peanut butter.

At the moment she is at least drinking milk at night. If you cut out these feeds you will quite possibly worsen the situation, as she will then be taking in no milk at all. Also, night wakings are for all sorts of reasons, and the breastfeeds just help to get baby back off to sleep again more quickly and easily. If the nights are tiring you out, co-sleeping can help, or putting a mattrass or bed in baby''s room and when baby wakes up for the first time, you go through and both sleep there.

Are you home with baby in the day? If so, offer the breast more often. Some babies get so busy playing and doing other stuff that they forget to ask, and then of course make up for their needs at night. Offer breast in the morning even if baby is half asleep, offer at least every 2 hours if she hasn''t asked.

If you are at work and she is refusing a bottle, try having the milk given in a cup. IF it was always warmed, try having it offerred cool. You could also freeze ice blocks of milk and have them offered to here as slushy milk on a spoon.

Give baby a nice nourishing breakfast such as an egg or a porridge such as pronutro or jungle oats or maltabella, or even a baby cereal if you want to, or give a yoghurt. Woolworths have quite a nice oats and banana breakfast that is made fresh that you can use if you don''t have much time.

She is nearly a year now and solids will soon make up the most important component of meeting her nutritional needs, however, milk is still the most important, and lots of breastmilk will help her to put on weight, so do still offer a breast feed or get her care giver to offer a breastmilk feed before her solids are given.

AT this age though, she can have breakfast, lunch and supper and possibly a small mid morning and mid afternoon snakc.

Babies and toddlers have small tummies, and offering small snacks frequently is best. They also take in a lot more than we think if there is always healthy food on offer.

Some babies only eat well if they are at the table with us when they can eat and they can pick foods off our plates.
Suppers like cottage pie and chicken ala king are also baby favourites.

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