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will the toddler addicted to BF ever give BF up?

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#1 fiandmike

Posted 13 October 2008 - 03:48 PM

Hi there,

My 12 month old DS seems is BF and has never taken a bottle/cup of EBM, formula, cow's milk etc. He just seems to love BF!  This is fine with me, however i am starting to wonder if I will ever be able to go back to work. He is currently on 3 meals a day, and usually 4 feeds. He really loves his feeding and also enjoys his solids and I am confident that i am giving him enough food/variety of solids etc.  he also has snacks if he seems hungry.

I have tried replacing a feed with food and a drink from a cup, however he just SCREAMS until I feed him.  He is also quite hard to settle for me and will only settle with a feed or walkingin the pram. I am not a fan of controlled crying. My husband is able to settle him by shhing or patting but I don't seem to be able to (just enjoys being fed to sleep I think).  

I  can go out and leave him for 4-5 hours if I feed him before I leave and then he will sleep/settle for whoever is looking after him and as soon as I walk in the door again he is all over me for a feed and tugging at my clothes etc. I have done this a handful of times.
I have the option of returning to work to do some casual work and I may be able to do that for a couple of hours once a week or something. i think what I am trying to ask (in a long winded way) has anyone else been in this situation that they have left their baby, not fully confident in how much fluid they will drink while they are away?

Also I am wondering how i will ever wean him as he does not seem to want to drop below 4 feeds a day and I have tried not offering and distraction? Ideally I would like to drop him to 2-3 feeds a day soonish as we would like to TTC and I have not had a period yet.

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