Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Can I Just Give Her Some Yoo-Hoo??

The transition to whole milk hasn't been an easy one. I always though that after 12 months of nursing her I would be more than ready to just give it up. Not so much. Although it does take the pressure off of me pumping enough at work to have enough for her the next day. I know everyone has a different opinion on breastfeeding, but I am really proud of the fact that I have been able to come back to a full time job and that we have been fortunate enough to never have to give Quinny formula. I see nothing wrong with formula and would have happily given some if it was necessary. Breastfeeding has been one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things I have ever done. Hard didn't even begin to explain how it was in the beginning. I remember Quinn being a week old and it being so painful to even shower that I completely broke down and thought how I my body didn't even feel like it belonged to me (which was pretty overwhelming being that I had spent 9 months with my body not belonging to me). The funny thing is that I never thought of quitting. Anth was the most amazing support and I knew that I just had to get through it. Thank goodness it only took 2 weeks for us to become pros at it!

So when she turned 12 months and we got the go ahead from the pediatrician to give her whole milk, I guess I just automatically assumed that we would put some whole milk in a sippy cup and she would love it. Yeah, I know, I am living in a complete dream world. She will drink water from a sippy cup all day long, but try giving her milk in one? She will basically spit it out and immediately throw it at you. Weird. We have had some success in giving her a combo of breast milk and whole milk in a bottle, so I think we might just do that until she gets the hang of it. I have to admit that the thought of completely stopping nursing is a little sad. Especially because she basically whips off my shirt in the morning when I go in and get her, but I know it needs to be done. Let's just hope she catches onto this whole milk in a sippy cup thing soon. Otherwise I might just be tempted to put some Yoo-Hoo in there.


And I am working on getting some picture's of our little nugget's first birthday party, we have just been soaking in every second of being complete lazy, not fixing something/painting something/cleaning something and actually getting to spend some time together, so stay tuned!

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2 comments:

  1. I'm new to your blog - found it through Y3W. Quinn is adorable and I think it's so awesome that you made it to 1 year breastfeeding! I'm work full time and have a 3 month old, so I'm hoping that I can nurse/pump and we can make it to a year and beyond as well.

    Is there a reason you have to stop nursing? I'm just wondering. I am already imagining that nursing will be one of the few cuddly moments I have with my son when we get to a year, since he is very independent and wants to be into everything. I think I'll stop pumping at work by then, but hopefully can continue to nurse at home in the morning and before bed past a year.

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  2. No reason I have to! I totally agree, the biggest part of me not wanting to give it up is because she never lets me cuddle when she is awake :) It will probably be a VERY gradual transition so we will see how it goes! That is my goal too. I would love it if I didn't have to pump at work and could do just the morning/night feeding!

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