Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Last of the Breast Milk

Yesterday I got down to only 10 oz left of breast milk! I made it all in one bottle and Kye got the last breast milk he'll ever taste (at least from my breasts anyways!) I felt a little sad when I defrosted it and gave it to him. I think I didn't mind stopping when I stopped nursing because I knew he'd continue to benefit from having breast milk that I had in the freezer. Now he's just got formula!

goodbye Lansinoh bags...hello freezer space!
It is a lot easier just making formula bottles than dealing with defrosting the breast milk and it's going to be great to have so much free space in the freezer! But I'd much rather still have some to be feeding him. Part of me wonders if I should have just given it to him once a day instead of twice so it would have lasted longer? But I want him on whole milk at one year old so I would have hated spreading it out then having a bunch left over. It really worked out pretty well! He got breast milk everyday until he was 10 months and 23 days old! That's pretty impressive!!! I hope that baby #2 can get somewhere close to the same amount Kye has been able to have!

My biggest concern is now that he doesn't have breast milk that he'll get sick. He has had a wonderful immune system and has only ever had a MILD fever and that was ONE time and due to his shots! He's had ONE cold and it never led to anything more than a runny nose. What is breast milk was the reason? I know it helps them have stronger immune systems and I just hope that he had enough of it for so long that it's permanently strong haha!
Now I'm slowly working on getting him used to room temperature formula. Since breast milk fresh from the source is warm he's used to warmed milk. I heated both the breast milk and the formula so he wouldn't have confusion with the two. Now every feeding I'm just warming up the formula a little less and a little less. Once it's down to room temperature and he does okay with that I'm going to start mixing in the whole milk little by little and want to have him fully adjusted to it before his 1st birthday since my brother's wedding is that weekend and I don't want to be worrying about warming bottles, making formula, or transporting all that junk!

Any tips for the transition to whole milk?

3 comments:

Rachael said...

No- but be prepared for vomit- Macy does not like milk at all! She drinks it fine but then throws it up. It's hit or miss. I only give her one bottle with 3 oz milk 3 oz formula a day and I bet she pukes/spits up 4 out of 7 days.
And- for what it's worth- Macy has not gotten sick at all!

KatieMGreen said...

bella transitioned really easily. i think i made a bigger deal out of it than she did (i did the same with moving to a sippy cut, potty training and moving to a toddler bed) but she did fine. she still loves her milk!!!!
i think it has to do with the individual child. i did warm the milk up for a little while, but one day just didn't and she adjusted just fine. now she loves chocolate milk, too!!! :)

Danielle said...

I switched Clayton cold turkey from formula to milk on his first birthday. He did great...no throwing up or dislike! Good luck with it and hopefully his immune system is set and the milk or formula will not change that. Clayton only had 4 weeks of breast and he never got sick (except the ear infections which I have decided are herditary?) so maybe some kids just have strong immune systems and it sounds like Kye does!

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