I really wanted to write something and document E’s eating patterns so that when number two comes along, I can look back and see how we handled it the first time. Over the last month or two, E’s source of food has really changed. My goal was the breastfeed E for at least a year, and then let her decide from there, stopping only when I got pregnant again.
E had trouble breastfeeding at first, we had a lot of trouble with latching, she was very rough and liked to smash me between the roof of her mouth and her tongue, but I was blessed with a Lactation Specialist for a mother-in-law and nursing shields and we figured it out pretty quickly. Around 6 weeks we had weaned off of all the shields and she was nursing full time, only taking a bottle of breastmilk when I was at work or out of the house. She continued breastfeeding like this until about 6 months.
At 6 months we introduced cereal and solids and we slowly transitioned from breastmilk only, to breastmilk then solids if still hungry, to solids three times a day as meals and breastmilk when asked for. Around 9 months, she was starting to eat solids more consistently and started learning how to drink water out of a straw. During this time, my milk production really dropped and I was unable to pump. So E started receiving formula while I was at work and breastmilk while I was home with her. We continued this until she was a year old.
But around the year mark- she cut me off! She decided she was done, and everytime I would offer her to nurse, she looked at me like I was crazy and made a “yuck” face. She would turn her head and reject me, so I let her take control and decided to not offer anymore, and that was it. She was done! She stopped breastfeeding and we slowly transitioned her to whole milk. At this point we were still using a bottle for milk and a straw for water during meals- however our pediatrician wanted us to wean off of the bottle and give her milk during meals. Enter the sippy cup.
We honestly had NO idea how to transition to the sippy cup. We bought 3 different cups, which all worked ok, but she wasn’t really crazy about them. So I pulled out a Born Free cup that we had received in a gift pack and tried it out. And although she didn’t love it, she accepted it. She threw a couple of fits while wanting a “bottle” before bed, but only for a night or two and that was it.
By 13 months we had successfully taken E from breastfeeding, to bottle, to solids, to sippy… and it felt great! As a first time parent a lot of our success comes from trial and error, but it feels great when something works. And one of the great things is with the born free sippys we use all of our bottle parts and just change out the spout and add a handle (these items were dicontinued)