Hi, DS is 11 months old and bf morning and evening. I need to stop the evening feed as going back to work in 6 weeks and I'm not sure how to stop..!
I plan to try defrosted expressed as I have some anyway and then I guess formula until he is one? Does anyone rate follow on milk after one or is cows milk fine?
He will take water from a cup so I'm hoping he will be ok with milk (not fed to sleep) - but how much milk should he take bearing in mind I won't know how much he has had at the other feed? I plan to feed him in the morning only for a little bit longer - will my breasts manage that or would I need to express to keep supply?
I think it depends entirely on your LO. Is he eating solids well or is milk still a big source of nourishment? If the night feed is more for comfort then you could try weaning him off it by cuddling him when he wakes. That's how I dropped a night feed with my LO.
Thanks for replying. Sorry, I should have put in more information.
He's on three meals a day & snacks and drinks water from a cup. He is bf when he wakes at around 6am and before he goes to bed at around 645 pm but not fed to sleep. He isn't fed during the night.
I need to stop the pre-bed feed as I won't be home but plan to keep the morning feed going for a little bit longer - purely because I don't want him to go 'cold turkey' at a time of change! I do want to stop bf completely over the next few months, just not sure how to slowly reduce it with the least hassle for him!
I guess you have to just try and see what he's happy with. He's getting his main nutrition from solids now. I'd try him with 4/5 oz and see how you go.
They say by the time you've been breastfeeding for a year your supply can take care of itself. Personally I wouldn't worry about expressing, especially if you're planning on stopping altogether in the next few months.
Well done on on hitting the year mark! And good luck with work.