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A 33-year-old member asked:

what are chances of having a healthy baby if i'm over 40?

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Can't be exact: The chance of having a healthy pregnancy/baby decreases over time and the risks increase more so after age of 35. You can improve this chance by keeping yourself in optimal health--don't smoke. Eat healthy, exercise regularly, and don't drink to excess (no drinking when pregnant). I'm sorry i cannot give you the exact chance, but i don't think anyone can. Consult your ob/gyn physician. Good luck.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies some: Your risks of having a Down syndrome infant is increasing as you age, at 40-45 about 1%. Add that to a basic risk of 4% unexpected outcome at any age and your looking at 95% frequency of healthy outcome. It would be wise to discuss all the issues with your spouse and docs.If your basic health is good and you have the patience and desire for this extra work, do what you wish.

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How quickly can I wean my baby?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Over weeks is best: Weaning over weeks will best allow your body to adjust with minimal discomfort and enable your baby to make the transition easier.
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How do I wean my baby?

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Dr. Michael Coogan
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Gradually ;): You will notice that between 6 and 12 months, as your baby eats more solid food per meal, s/he will probably spend less time sucking (presuming that you feed solids first then offer milk after the meal) and s/he will wean her/himself. You can introduce a cup between 6-9 months and quit breast/bottle sometime between 9-12 months.
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Can my baby wean himself naturally?

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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics 23 years experience
No: Not necessarily. While your milk will naturally decrease, and your baby will find nutrition in other places, he/she may continue to suckle because of the comfort and closeness to you during the nursing process. By offering an alternative to your baby, and minimizing access to your breast will help the weaning process more so.
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Is it ok to wean my baby quickly?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
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Yes: Yes but it will likely make you uncomfortable as your breasts will be more engorged than if you wean slowly.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How would I know to wean my baby?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Weaning: Breastfeed your baby as long as you can until age 1 year. Wean to regular cow's milk (whole milk). If not possible due to work, illness, etc, wean at 6 months. Use a cow's milk formula, not soy, until age 1. Switch to a sippy cup as much as possible.

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