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Advice for baby who rejects non-mom-milk

*Babe is weaning, and I am no longer pumping at work*

I made it to a year EBF. YAY! I got the go-ahead from the pediatrician to stop pumping at work and start introducing other milks. Babe is sort of weaning anyway, nursing from only one breast, stopping after only a couple ounces on the bottle, so we're in sync I guess. But the pediatrician says he should still drink some form of milk, but he won't have more than a sip of anything else. Here's what babe has tried and rejected:

warm and cold, bottle, sippy and cup...
-goats milk
-goats milk + banana smoothy
-plain rice milk
-vanilla pediasure (he's got a fever right now and nursing but refusing solids, so I'm desperate)

My next thought was to try plain almond milk, then coconut. But I'm starting to think he's just rejecting stuff because it isn't breastmilk. Tomorrow was supposed to be my first day at work without leaving any breastmilk, and here he is with a fever and refusing solids and other milks.


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P.S. The fever is why I'm super-troll on diaper swappers today. I've been lying in bed with babe for the past, oh, 16 hours now. If I try to leave or carry him anywhere he loses it.

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Re: Advice for baby who rejects non-mom-milk

Indians didn't drink cows milk. They survived just fine. I am not really sure I feel 100% milk is totally needed. Although my kids do drink milk.

My daughter refused any milk at all until 100% weaned at almost 4 years of age. So far she has no health issues from being without cow's milk. I do however like my cheese so do serve a lot of it to my kids.

Perhaps if you serve cheese with snacks this will be the same as if she were drinking milk. I believe the milk is primarily for the calcium so it should be an adequate substitute.
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My doctor and my lactation specialist friend says that as long as babies are nursing that mama milk is all they need.

But if you want to introduce others you kit have to keep offering it to baby. Eventually your LO will take it.
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Indians didn't drink cows milk. They survived just fine. I am not really sure I feel 100% milk is totally needed. Although my kids do drink milk.

My daughter refused any milk at all until 100% weaned at almost 4 years of age. So far she has no health issues from being without cow's milk. I do however like my cheese so do serve a lot of it to my kids.

Perhaps if you serve cheese with snacks this will be the same as if she were drinking milk. I believe the milk is primarily for the calcium so it should be an adequate substitute.
When you say 100% weaned, how much breastmilk was she getting toward the end there? Before he got sick this weekend babe was down to only a couple nursing sessions, so maybe 10 oz of breastmilk in 24 hours. His doc agreed that cheese counts toward his milk intake. But she still wanted him to be at 16oz of milk in a 24 hour period and I'm worried that isn't happening.

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My doctor and my lactation specialist friend says that as long as babies are nursing that mama milk is all they need.

But if you want to introduce others you kit have to keep offering it to baby. Eventually your LO will take it.
I feel like we've offered goats milk at least 20 times and several ways. maybe just need to let him get really hungry?

I wouldn't care so much, but at 1 year babe was only 15 lbs 6 oz. He's healthy, but his weight stresses me out big time.

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When you say 100% weaned, how much breastmilk was she getting toward the end there? Before he got sick this weekend babe was down to only a couple nursing sessions, so maybe 10 oz of breastmilk in 24 hours. His doc agreed that cheese counts toward his milk intake. But she still wanted him to be at 16oz of milk in a 24 hour period and I'm worried that isn't happening.

I feel like we've offered goats milk at least 20 times and several ways. maybe just need to let him get really hungry?

I wouldn't care so much, but at 1 year babe was only 15 lbs 6 oz. He's healthy, but his weight stresses me out big time.
My LO is the same size

With my first I tried everything to get her to drink milk. My husband didn't drink milk and neither did I, but we listened to the ped we had at the time who insisted that she "needed cows milk." I can't tell you how many gallons we poured down the sink . She loved yogurt and cheese but milk wasn't her thing. Finally I gave up. Some people just do not like milk! She's almost 5 now and is the same way.

Now I have a 14 month old. I'm not doing her the same way. I'm going to let her nurse. I'm not going to worry myself over what milk she's drinking. I let her have sips (which she hates) of my almond milk) when she acts like she wants to try it, but I don't fix it for her in a cup. She eats whole milk yogurt and some cheese. She loves goat cheese. She's getting plenty of fats from avocados. I've also switched peds to a doctor who is more breastfeeding friendly.

Talk to some lactation specialists. Look up the number for your local LLL and give them a call. If your LO is acting like he's weaning now let it run its natural course. Offer him milk occasionally, if he takes it great! If not---oh, we'll. If you are concerned about his fat intake, there are plenty of other healthy options!
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