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Should I wean my toddler before my new baby is born?
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Unless you plan
to tandem-feed, nursing the newborn first, wean your toddler now to avoid its being a cause of sibling rivalry.
Wean to an open-mouthed cup. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./day. Juice is not needed. If 15 mos. or older, (s)he may resist weaning. Use bright-colored plastic cups; cut out a semicircle so his/her nose isn't inside the cup. If (s)he hasn't seen a pediatric dentist, it's time.

In brief: Unless you plan
to tandem-feed, nursing the newborn first, wean your toddler now to avoid its being a cause of sibling rivalry.
Wean to an open-mouthed cup. Limit milk & milk products to 16-21 oz./day. Juice is not needed. If 15 mos. or older, (s)he may resist weaning. Use bright-colored plastic cups; cut out a semicircle so his/her nose isn't inside the cup. If (s)he hasn't seen a pediatric dentist, it's time.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Dr. John Clapper
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
I am absolutely in favor of breast feeding for every mother and new infant.
I also think it is fine if a mother decides to breast feed as long as possible. We had six children and my wife breast fed them all for a total of 132 months. However when a mother is pregnant and about to deliver and is considering breast feeding her new infant, i think the nutrition priority is the newborn infant.

In brief: Yes
I am absolutely in favor of breast feeding for every mother and new infant.
I also think it is fine if a mother decides to breast feed as long as possible. We had six children and my wife breast fed them all for a total of 132 months. However when a mother is pregnant and about to deliver and is considering breast feeding her new infant, i think the nutrition priority is the newborn infant.
Dr. John Clapper
Dr. John Clapper
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