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is it bad that a 14 month old will only drink from boob?

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vichill Fri 15-Jul-16 01:04:17

my 14m old dd2 is bf about 5 times a day with 1 being in the wee hours. there are little 1 min 'snack' feeds every hour or so. none of this bothers me as i am a sahm and co-sleep. i have no plans to wean her off the boob any time soon. she is an in proportion high centile active toddler.
she eats 3 meals but overall not massive amounts and will spit water out her mouth when drinking from a huge range of sippy cups, spouts, straws, normal beakers.
instictively i just feel she should be trying to drink liquids other than just breast milk by now. can anyone relate or offer any tips?

vichill Fri 15-Jul-16 01:05:25

as a side note she is traumatised by calpol syringes and dislikes being spoon fedconfused

AsthmaAndAutism Fri 15-Jul-16 01:23:52

I have absolutely no experience with breast feeding, as I didn't do it with my first DS (hoping to this time round though!)
But will she drink breast milk from a sippy cup? As in, could she watch you express your milk then put it into her 'special cup'? Might get her slowly used to other liquids? smile

snowman1 Fri 15-Jul-16 02:52:07

Mine was the same at a bit of a younger age, I think the odd change in routine, so hotter weather, not being able to bf as often, kind of gradually got her round to thinking about taking more food and drink (obv food like fruit and veg can have a lot of water in it) and less milk. You didn't say but have you tried replacing with cow's milk/goats milk/expressed milk or whatever you might have in the house instead of water? Breast milk is so good for them, but could you aim to drop one feed, say an early morning or before lunchtime one and see what happens? I guess you could work it into the naps so whenever you think they might cope a bit better with eating/drinking?

ReallyTired Fri 15-Jul-16 03:01:25

This phase will pass. 14 months is still very young.

Are you still happy to breastfeed?

vichill Fri 15-Jul-16 06:23:16

yes still very much happy to breast feed. if nothing else the lb's are dropping off me! i have tried cows milk and juice and that too gets spat down her front. as long as this is fairly common i don't mind waiting it out. i was just panicking after a few odd looks amd comments at baby groups. thank you.

elvislives2012 Fri 15-Jul-16 06:26:31

Yes, she'll be fine. Don't push it. Continue to offer water at meal times but that's all I'd do. So long as you and baby are happy to continue, it's no one else's business. Well done for feeding!

GoldPlatedBacon Sat 16-Jul-16 08:52:17

My dd doesn't drink a huge amount of water. I leave a beaker of water and a beaker with a straw on the coffee table and she crawls over occasionally and takes a sip or two. I've just started night weaning so am anticipating she'll drink more. I also use a doidy cup with meals, she seems to like using that.

Boomerangs Sat 16-Jul-16 13:55:38

My 15 month old dd is exactly the same

ProbablyMe Sat 16-Jul-16 13:59:01

If you're happy and she's happy then it's fine. She'll naturally move on in her own time I guess. What other people think is their problem and everyone parents differently. Enjoy the closeness while it's still there.

Nowthereistwo Sat 16-Jul-16 14:11:59

It's very personal on how much you're willing to feed to ensure she is hydrated.

Personally I would be keen to get her drinking water. Especially if you needed to leave her with dh for a few hrs.

Often they like copying other children. Do you have friends children they could do water play with - bowls, cups, spoons etc so they can splash around, move water and try drinking etc.

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