Thursday, December 09, 2010

Got Milk?

Yesterday, I went out and got organic whole milk to introduce the baby to sippy cups (we do straw cups with water).  I was kinda hoping to lead her towards weaning.  I really want her to lead the process, but I thought she might like a new option. 

So, I gave her a traditional sippy cup with milk...hated it.  Then, her straw cup with milk...nope. 

I just gave her a snack and some water and hoped to try it again tomorrow. 

An hour later, she came up to me and laid her head down on my shoulder.  There are many things my girl is: brave, strong, resilient, smart, curious.  However, she is not cuddly.  She likes to be held but rarely does she lay down on me.  Instead, she wants to look around and explore.  She has always been this way.  So this sudden cuddliness was sweet but accompanying some moaning and whining got me thinking...what is up, Cdubs? 

All the sudden it hit me...SHE WANTS TO NURSE!  She has never been really vocal about it because we have a schedule and on a rare occasion when teething and I'll nurse her to help a girl out.  But it really hit me hard.  SHE WASN'T READY!

I think part of it is because she doesn't really have a lovey or attachment item.  So, I guess it is me!  Nursing is her safe base, her comfort, and her constant in a very changing world that the three of us live in.

I didn't think we'd nurse this long...but on we go...nursing past 12 months!


Cita Online said...

Hang in there, chica! Nursing has got to be so hard, but how sweet that your little baby girl wants to be near you.

Krystyn said...

Awww...I wish Nat would have wanted to nurse longer.

A suggestion for the milk? We warmed it up a bit. It's so cold out of the fridge and they are used to warmer. Then slowly decrease the time you warm it.

Maybe that will help?

Erin said...

Very sweet. Emery still hates milk. So, we mix it in her cereals, give plenty of yogurt and cheese. I am not worried about it at all.

You'll know when she is ready to nurse. Oh, how I miss it, but boy was she ready!

amanda said...

we went past 12 months too..i never would have imagined we would go that long.

and for the record i plan on nursing ej forever!

ok not really.

I'm Just Saying said...

My daughter is 16 months and we are still nursing with no light at the end of the tunnel . She hates milk to but the funny thing is she likes Similac formula the pre mix through her sippy cup that has a straw . I do have to warm it up though . I have been trying to wean for about 2 months. Its so hard.Like you said I am her comfort. Ilove your blog and GOOD luck