My DD is 12.5 months old and has been exclusively breastfed. I'm getting kinda done with it. Every single feed has been done with a nipple shield since she was a week old. I'm so pleased I hung in there and got this far. Her eating isn't great, it's gotten a bit better since we found out she is severely anaemic and started iron about 2-3 months ago. I am hoping that reducing and eventually stopping breastfeeding will help her eating.
She's currently feeding 3-5 times in a 24hr period. If she doesn't sleep through (which she isn't at the moment as she is perpetually sick from childcare) then she will usually feed between 4-6am (then go back to sleep til 7-8am) but otherwise not overnight.
I have no idea how to wean. I have been putting off trying to drop a feed as I'm worried it will impact her sleeping. I guess I can just try it. I'd like to try soon as my DH is going interstate for 7 weeks and if it's difficult I'll need his help. She's not booby obsessed and never 'asks' to be fed I just offer when she wakes, before bed at night and 1-2 times during the day (once only on the 2 days she goes to childcare). A couple of weeks ago I had surgery and she went 16 hours without feeding with no tears. I can do this!
I'd like to reduce over 2-3 months then cease.
Sorry for the long winded post. My main question is do all babies need to wean onto cows milk? Do I have to replace her breastfeeding with drinks of cows milk? I'm not quite sure how it works. I have been giving her a bit of full fat cows milk in a straw cup the past few weeks to get her used to the taste. I'm not sure if it's required though and how much? Are there any other diet changes I need to make as she weans? Any other advice about how to do this? I know I'll feel sad when it's over but I think I'm ready 😊