Hi everyone, I'm finding it difficult to get some good information and advice on weaning babies from expressed milk so thought I'd try here to ask for other's experience and/or knowledge in the area.
I will give you some background..I have expressed milk for my daughter since she was born (now 12.5 months old). I started breastfeeding but she was not putting on weight so the midwife advised me to express and feed her set amounts until she put on weight. Long story short...after a few trials with blisters from pumps and my daughter being too used to a bottle, I could not get her back on the breast after a few weeks. So I have continued expressing all this time and supplemented with formula up until now (around 1/2 and 1/2). Up until a few weeks ago, I was expressing 3 times a day and supplementing also with formula. Last week I dropped one express time, and yesterday I only expressed in the morning (but was so full by the next morning) with the view of stopping expressing. I always said I wanted to do it till she was 12 months, as it has been extremely tiring at some points, but now that 12 months is here I'm starting to wonder if I'm doing the right thing by stopping. I just want the best nutrition for my baby, and feeling a little guilty with the idea of stopping because I'm tired?? She has been a pretty good eater with solids, but do I just go on to the toddler formula or cows milk?? My doctor doesn't recommend cows milk, so I'm really confused..
Any advice/help would be most appreciated!! Thanks in advance and sorry I am not all that concise in explaining