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Entry 25 ~ December 21, 2011
~ Getting Baby Off the Breast

I know it has been a while since my last entry, but man, the holidays just zap it out of me! Now that is no excuse, but it is the best I can come up with today.

I want to talk about something that never even occurred to me when planning on breastfeeding. How do you get the baby you have been nursing for the past eight months, to want anything other than your breast? My oldest daughter did not take to the breast and would have nothing to do with breastfeeding. I pumped for four months and then one day, while moving, I went eight hours without pumping. My daughter acted like the freshly pumped milk was a mouthful of poison, so we switched to formula then and there.

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So you can imagine how determined I was to make it work this time. I tried it an hour after giving birth and she took right to it. I was ecstatic! About two months ago, we started trying to give her formula in a bottle. She took one look at it and screamed until nothing but my breast would stop her. We have switched to sippy cups and tried many different brands and styles. She will drink a little, but not enough to go out for the evening and feel confident she wouldn't cry all night.

I had planned on breastfeeding for the first year until it was time to switch to whole milk, but little Sydney has recently gotten her two bottom teeth. She likes to chew with them. And I mean EVERYTHING. Including mommy every once in a while. And I don't know if it is because they are brand new or if there is some kind of monster hiding in her gums, but those little teeth hurt worse than just about anything else! I have noticed that if she is hungry, she won't even think about biting me, she actually curls her tongue over those mean little daggers and protects me from their wrath. All in all, there is not a lot of biting right now, but I am worried about what will happen when her top teeth sprout through. There won't be any tongue to cushion the teeth up there and my little carnivore needs to switch to a sippy before that day comes. (She is biting/sucking on the edge of my laptop as I type)

I know that this is why we have breasts, but if you could see mine right now, it would be hard not to snicker. They already resemble hard boiled eggs in a tube sock,(thank you for that image, Bloodhound Gang!) I really can't wait to see what they look like after my daughter has a nice big toothy bite of them!

I guess I am looking for suggestions with this entry. What worked for you? How smoothly did the transition go and do you have tips for me on getting Sydney interested in anything but breast milk directly from the source?

On another note, I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Year's! We begin traveling tonight for the Christmas holiday and won't be done until after New Year's!

Kristen

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