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Lisa P

Oh, yuck, Colleen! I've had to do that blood drawing thing with both of my kids and it is SO. NOT. FUN. Callie actually had to do it two days in a row. Trust me when I tell you the second day is far worse. You walk in and they immediately know what's coming and fight it with eveything they've got.

Wish I could help you with the weaning issue. Callie (mostly) self weaned before she was a year old and it went ever so smoothly. I chose to wean Preston because he was, as you put it, a real boobie baby. I swear the child nursed more frequently at 10 months old than he did at 10 days old! Morning, noon, and middle of the night! I so wanted to stick it out until at least his first birthday since I hadn't nursed Callie for a full year but it was really wearing on me having both he and a 2 1/2 year old to care for. I felt like Callie was getting a raw deal in the attention departement and I was plum exhausted.

Talk to your pediatrician about Delaney's overall solid and liquid intake and her typical diet (minus the breastmilk) and see what he thinks is best to replace your milk when it's gone. Chances are, if she's dropping in breastmilk consumption on her own, she's probably making up for it somewhere along the way.

And, in my experience, you can still nurse only one or two times a day and still have milk. You just won't produce as much because she's not taking as much. That's weaning.

Take care! Sorry this got SOOOO long! :)


I love your blog!

The bloodwork is so ridiculously traumatic. :P Sorry to hear that you had to go through that.

I recently took my 3 1/2 year old daughter to see a pediatric allergist...and definitely well worth the trip because her advice was COMPLETELY different than what the pediatrician's. She had broken out in hives twice after sleeping, once at home and once in a hotel on vacation. The second instance was MUCH worse than the first and her face was all swollen. The allergist diagnosed her dust mite allergy, and now, at the first sign of hives, we give her some antihistamine (contrary to what the ped said, since the symptoms resolved within an hour, he said don't treat).

I worked in a nursing home when I was in high school and college, and I seem to remember that latex glove allergies are usually a reaction to the powder they use inside them so that they go on and off easily, rather than the rubber itself.


I am SO SORRY to hear that Delaney had to go through the whole blood-draw ordeal! I hope those tests come back negative for lead, but hopefully knowing for sure either way will make the trauma of the draw worth while.

Good for you taking Delaney to the allergist. I've found that many doctors (even the ones you really like) don't like sending people to specialist. It's like they think that it is a failure on their part that they don't know every. stinking. disease. Give me a break! I don't want my family doctor treating diabetes. Or cancer. Or anything else that someone might specialize in. There is too much for any one person to know so that's why some people choose to learn more about a particular area...

On the nursing - you can certainly nurse once a day and have it be just fine. The last month that the boy nursed with me, he did it for just once a day in the afternoon. Then he decided he was too big for all that boobie nonsence and just stopped. I made milk for MONTHS after he was done nursing. My body and my heart weren't ready to wean, but the boy was. This motherhood thing - you rejoice and have heartbreak all at the same time.


yeesh! fie upon the phlebotomists from hell!! my boy has tons of allergies (mostly mold, dust, dust mites, and cats) and they refused to test him until he was three. for some reason they say it won't be accurate before 3. not sure why. can't hurt to call the pediatrician anyway, right?


Yes, I've heard that too...that they won't test until three, but my sister got her daughter tested (not sure which tests, though) when she was 9 months. I thought I'd call that pediatric allergist for an appointment just to see what he says. He may not be able to tell me anything at all, but I think I'd feel better just for going.


I'm so sorry about poor Delaney's horrible experience with having her blood drawn! I don't blame you at all for taking her to a pediatric allergist. Sounds like a smart move and sometimes you have to go with your mommy intuition. And, on the nursing front, I nursed my older daughter only at bedtime for the last month. And you've made it much longer than I did with breastfeeding...yea you!


This is my first time over to your blog and I'm really enjoying it. I got here from a comment you made on my blog. I've been redoing my blog list and I am going to add yours.

I feel for you on the allergy thing. They tested Aidan at 12 months for the things he showed sensitivities for, dairy and dogs, plus soy to determine if maybe that would be a good substitute. He was severely allergic to dairy, no to dogs (there was dairy in our dog's food that caused him hives when they licked him) and no to soy. Our pediatric allergist decided to keep Aidan (and therefore me since I'm still bfing) away from most of the major food allergens. We stay away from dairy, peanuts, treenuts, fish, shellfish entirely and limit soy, wheat and eggs (Aidan can't have eggs either until he's 2). The allergy testing was nothing. The skin pricks they do these days are cake.

I hope you get things figured out for your daughter. Food allergies can be scary. I had to use our Epipen once and it was NOT fun. I look forward to reading your entries and seeing where this takes you.

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