I'm not really sure of the next step in my 10 month old twins' feeding and would love some advice. At the moment they are breastfed at 7am, solids at 8am, breastfed at 11am, solids at 12noon, breastfed at 3pm, solids at 5pm, bottle of formula at 6:30pm and sleep through the night. I want to drop the breastfeeds (for various reasons) starting now and by the time they are 1 year old. They are fantastic with solids so are getting a lot from that, but they are only drinking a little water with solids, not regularly. Should I replace the breastfeeds with a bottle or just move to cups of water/milk? What order would you drop the breastfeeds in? They don't seem desperate for the 11am or 3pm feed anymore and I wonder if I can just drop them one by one or if they are too young for that. All help would be great!!
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15-04-2014 10:17 #1Senior Member
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Weaning 10 month old
15-04-2014 10:41 #2
Wow congratulations on breast feeding your twins for so long :yellclap:
I personally would drop the 11am feed first, only because if you drop the 3pm feed then your body is going from the last feed at 11am then to 7am the next morning without a feed.
Then your left with 7am and 3pm.
I've always kept the morning breastfeed as the last one to wean only because I enjoy the morning snuggles
I would also replace the feed with a formula feed until 12months and then wean off those then too.
15-04-2014 10:48 #3
Yes I agree with my beloved ones re which feed to drop and also to replace with formula.
Just wanted to add, I would give the formula in a dippy or straw cup to encourage drinking from a cup and love away from bottles- and by about 12 months possibly change the night time bottle to a cup, too.
15-04-2014 13:07 #4Senior Member
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I agree with the sippy cup idea, thanks. I'm not keen to do more bottles at this stage. One a day has been enough and I figure they should be moving on from them. Do you wait until 1 year to introduce cows milk as a drink? Mine have it in food but not as a drink.
Also (sorry about all the questions!) how often should I offer water throughout the day? I don't want to take away from milk feeds.
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15-04-2014 14:03 #5
I would offer water or cows milk with very meal, and keep a cup of water accessible at all times for when the mood strikes
15-04-2014 14:05 #6
Sorry, meant to also say the 'old' way (way back in 09 when I was doing this with my twins!) was no cows milk before one. Nowadays they say anything but raw egg and honey is fine, including drinks of cows milk. I even know of people whose baby refuses bm around 8 months and went straight into cows milk. I wouldn't follow that advice myself nor highly recommend it, but its ok for drinks nowadays
15-04-2014 14:15 #7
hi nat, i'll just share with you what I did. I never used a bottle, never bothered with formula. I weaned on to sippy cups as soon as they were sitting up and able to manage one. I started full strength cows milk and later made it weaker after 12 months. I introduced solids rather early, but didn't start to cut back the breastfeeds until they were having three or more meals of solids each day. For a few months, from about 6 to 8 months, they had four bf and 3 meals, each day, then I started dropping the bf. First stopped the middle of the day feeds, then the morning, and last the night time feed. I had weaned them by 9 or 10 months. Well done to you. Marie.
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