dd is six mo. been playing around with food for a couple of weeks have started to think about giving her solids in a more formal b/fast, lunch, tea kind of way. the last couple of days thats gone well - havent reduced milk and she seems to have an incredible appetite for both. so what next? she is drinking 5 x 7oz milk and eating 3 meals and to be honest as much as anything i feel like her whole waking day is spent filling her ever growing tummy .
interested to hear how other people dropped milk feeds. i was thinking of reducing the size of the bottles (other than the first and last of each day), but now i tempted to drop one altogether right now. oh, im nervous. and pfb. and out of touch with HVs.
I never felt the need to cut down on my mother in law during weaning
If she is eating well and drinking the milk she must need it for now. Milk is where her real calories and nutrients are coming from still so you need to offer as much really if she will take it. I am guessing she is still on the vegetables/fruit/baby rice type diet? If so it is very low calorie and so it is no wonder she still wants her milk.
You will find that she gradually starts cutting down her milk of her own accord - she will stop finishing her bottles. I would be led by her for a long time yet. I do remember the stage of feeling you never stop feeding them in some form or another but it does calm down eventually honest!
well i told MIL that the reason DH has IBS is because she weaned him on chocolate cake at 6 weeks. That sure cut her down. lol Seriously, i think what the Provinciallady and wessexgirl said is bang on.
oooh, and back on topic. i have a bit of beef stew i took out the pot yesterday before i added salt for me and dh. its all harmless stuff and i was just going to mash the veg in it for dd's lunch. but i also saved one small bit of beef. can i mash that in too? a teensy tiny amount? she's only had bits of white fish to date (protein-wise i mean, obvs i havent weaned her on an exclusive diet of wite fish)
DS happily had 5 bottles plus 3 meals a day for a while. He had one bottle after his lunch and started to take less and less of this so I dropped that first and gave him pudding instead (usually yogurt to make up for the reduction in milk) Then he happily had 4 bottles a day - drained them all so I had to force the issue a bit and dropped the mid-morning one and replaced with a snack and drink of water.