For moms who BF kids over 1 year old

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: What should grandma do?

    Give DD pumped milk in bottle

    Give DD normal milk in bottle

    No bottle

  • Post # 16
    677 posts
    Busy bee

    I would honestly just let Grandma put her to bed with snuggles and no liquid. As long as she has a bit of water to drink at dinner and then right before bed, she won’t be thirsty. Agreed that if she fusses it’s more likely because you aren’t there, not because she needs your milk. If you are gone for two or three days, she’ll likely be right back to breastfeeding, with a pleasant surprise of much more milk coming out! (I’ll just qualify this with – I breastfed for 3.5 years.)

    Post # 17
    7997 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Don’t introduce a bottle at this point. Sippy cup with milk, or even just water for a couple days will be just fine.

    Post # 18
    549 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Normal milk in a sippy cup. for sure. I am still breastfeeding my 2 year old…and starting when she was about a year and a half i had to be away from her for a few work trips. She drank milk in sippy cups (which was already in her routine at that point) and didn’t miss breastfeeding. But my milk was  always still there and working when I came back home.

    Post # 19
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    I think it’s the routine that’s most important, so make sure Grandma knows when and where you change into PJs, milk, stories, teeth brushing, etc. 

    My DD is 15 months and she gets a bottle of warm milk before bed whenever I can’t BF.  We keep the same routine, so the only change is that a different person gives her a bottle. Sippy cups are probably better for your DD’s age and if she hasn’t ever had bottles she might refuse one anyway.

    Post # 20
    1225 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 1995

    If she’s never had a bottle, I doubt she would take one now.  I’d introduce a sippy cup, if you haven’t already.  At her age, whole milk would be fine.  

    Post # 21
    1463 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Toddlers / kids are pretty adaptable so I wouldn’t worry about offering a bottle, I’d just let Grandma do her thing!

    i was still nursing my 2.5yo when her brother arrived and she was happy enough to have stories and cuddles with my Mum while DH and I were at the hospital. And like 

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    daisy123 :  said, she’s going to be pretty pleased once your milk comes in!

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