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    Quote Originally Posted by captainscaptain View Post
    Just thought I'd pop in here for a second opinion. I'm still demand feeding my 15 month old but went to see the doctor today as his non-existent eating habits are really starting to concern me. His weight has been the same for the past 5 months and his height is in the 5th percentile! I've tried eeeeverything...except refusing him the breast.

    Of course, I was told I need to wean him down to 2 feeds a day and just offer water/food in between. I sort of knew I would be told this and I also sort of know it's probably the right thing to do but it's such a big comfort for him and I'm really scared to say no to him!

    Does anyone else have experience with this sort of situation? What would YOU do?

    PS: I'm not going to night wean him...he only feeds once of twice a night and that's fine by me. I don't think that's enough to mess up his day apatite anyway.
    I had a similar experience with my DD who is now 2.5. She was a terrible refluxer and was under 8kgs at 12 months. She would pretty much projectile vomit any solids she are until she turned 1.
    I was TTC and fell pregnant when she was 14 months old and I just couldn't stand feeding her anymore. Over 2.5 months I weaned her completely and to my absolute shock, she found her appetite when I stopped feeding her. She gained a kilo in the month after I stopped feeding her.
    She's still quite little (about 12kgs now) but eats well. I still feel like she wasn't ready to wean, but I couldn't do it any longer.
    Maybe cutting back will help your little one gain some weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captainscaptain View Post
    That's what I was thinking; if he still doesn't eat then he'll be worse off than before....maybe if he is still the same after a week of twice a day feeding then I'll just let him demand feed again. But surely having nothing but breast is leaving him with deficiencies!?

    What's your man's eating like now? Better??
    His appetite changes day to day, i night weaned at 22 months as i could not stand all night nursing but he only nurses twice a day and still does not eat or drink enough food.

    If i gave him junk food he'd eat all day but a good day is

    Maybe breaky - oats / 2 slice toast / small bowl cereal. Breaky usually turned down.

    Snack - couple of carrot sticks / 2 pieces of apple etc

    Lunch - vegemite s/wich.

    Snack - yogurt.

    Dinner - if meat an veg 1 snag / half a rissole, 3 pieces of broccoli, 5 pieces of carrot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    I'm feeling very down right now - it looks like I have to start night weaning my DS2 He has diabetes and his glucose levels have been out of whack at night...his endocrinologist thinks it is because he wake frequently for breastfeeds. I'm so worried about not being able to comfort him back to sleep with the breast He takes great comfort in breastfeeding, I know he's going to be upset
    Sorry to hear witwicky

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    CC my miss 26months was in the same boat.
    she was failure to thrive from birth, and struggles to maintain weight (but is off the charts for height so looks very scrawny) currently sitting at 12.7kg and 95cm tall.
    I nightweaned at 18 months, as Im pregnant.
    We basically offer her food all day (brekkie-porridge/toast, morning tea-fruit/cheese/toast,lunch-leftovers, arvo tea-fruit,cheese and crackers,dinner-meat and veg, supper cheese sandwich) plus she carries a snack cup with puffed corn (though daddy has put some fruit loops and nutrigrain in there too I noticed) and a container of sultanas/papaya/pineapple/cranberries and we boob anywhere between 2-5times a day.
    She just seems to be naturally tall and skinny (I was before kids) so we are more relaxed now.

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    Everyone's experiences are so different!

    Today has gone quite well, actually. DS ate half a bowl of oats for breaky, picked at a smorgasboard of fruit and veg as a snack (and had a bite of a peanut butter sammy), had a whole lot of yoghurt (and wedges...hehe) for lunch and was only given boob for the first time at 11.30am! I thought he would fall asleep on it but no; he faught his tiredness for another 2 hours, did 2 pooh's and then fell asleep in the lounge. He's been REALLY adverse to day sleeps in his cot for the past few weeks....odd.

    Anyway, he did ask for boob at about 7.30am and had a bit of a tanty since I kept trying to distract him from it. He also didn't drink much water at all which would have been nice but I'm so glad he got all that food in! Without tears too

    I'll wait to see how much dinner he eats tonight. I have cheesey egg, peas and corn on the cob lined up. Then boob and bed...thanks all!

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    Hi wondering if I can join also?? DD turned 1 last week, and is still a big booby monster. I still demand feed her & she's feeding 1-2 times overnight. I'm just loving our breast feeding journey & makes me really sad that it will have to end one day.

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    Default Breastfeeding Beyond 12 Months Chat

    I've gotta leave this topic. I had been slowly kinda weaning ds (18months) down to 1 feed before bed. Dh had put him to bed a couple of times without a feed which he went fine with. I also did it twice to see if he would accept it which he did. I was starting to get sick of it but not sure if we were ready to finish.

    Last week he got sick and refused everything I offered him inc bo0b, I went away for the night (first time ever) and tried the night i got home(mostly better by now) he had one suck and basically spat my b0ob out! Next night I showed it to him and asked if he wanted it. He just smiled and shook his head!!

    It's sort of sad the way it ended and that I can't remember the last feed. I also wanted to feed to X time ( 12 months, 20 months or whatever) not 17 months 3 weeks iykwim?

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    Bumping to see if any bubhubbers BFing past 12 months could use a chat
    In three days I will be breastfeeding a five year old honestly, not even I expected that and tandem feeding the two year old. Am kind of hoping the five year old winds up this year, though I'll continue to leave that decision up to her, but I'm a little worried about the logistics of breastfeeding three children come July (though 5 year old is very patient and understanding about waiting or being told no for now).

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    Sorry I am no longer breastfeeding but thought I would respond.

    DD4 kept feeding up until just before she started school - at which point I cut her off thinking that it was inappropriate once she had started school. I regret that decision because it was very distressing for her, and she had the occasional cry about it at 7yo. She is 11yo now and still says that she misses it but cannot remember exactly what it was like anymore, and I think she will always feel that way. If she had been able to lose interest on her own terms she likely wouldn't have that feeling of loss.

    My little 4yo is my youngest and only stopped feeding about six months ago. She slowly petered off, then just when I thought she was stopping, restarted with renewed vigor, then petered off again. This cycle repeated several times until she finally lost interest all together.

    So sorry but I no longer qualify for this thread, but thought I would add my experiences for you.

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    Thanks for sharing Sweetseven, well done on feeding as long as you did with both.
    Quote Originally Posted by sweetseven View Post
    DD4 kept feeding up until just before she started school - at which point I cut her off thinking that it was inappropriate once she had started school. I regret that decision because it was very distressing for her, and she had the occasional cry about it at 7yo. She is 11yo now and still says that she misses it but cannot remember exactly what it was like anymore, and I think she will always feel that way. If she had been able to lose interest on her own terms she likely wouldn't have that feeling of loss.
    Special thanks for sharing this, gosh it must be hard some days. I really thank-you because I've kept at it this whole time wondering if something like this might happen if I tried weaning. During the really challenging times my mantra was "no regrets". At the moment the 2 year old is more challenging because she's two and doesn't do "no" or "wait a minute". The good thing is that because I've done this before I know it passes.


 

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