So my little guy, who will be 14 months next week, has extensive food allergies, which are listed in my other thread about vitamins. He has grown slowly since the beginning (we are not small people, so this has been surprising and concerning) so I worry about him getting enough good nutrition with his very restricted diet. I was always planning to let him self-wean, and I have continued pumping at work the 2-3 days a week I am away from him so that he can have milk while I'm gone. He used to take 15 ounces a day and decreased to 10-ish around a year when he started eating more food. I've kept it in a bottle because 1. I didn't want to rock the boat and 2. He has always refused to take it from a cup.
However, this week he has refused to drink any milk while I'm at work. Both his dad and our baby-sitter report that he asks for "mimi" (his word for nursing) frequently throughout the day, but when they present a bottle he shoves it away :( They have tried putting it in a cup, and he takes one sip and then pushes it away and continues to ask for mimi.
I think that part of the problem is that my milk has changed and is going bad more quickly and he might have had a bad taste at some point recently (I happen to hate milk, and find breastmilk especially disgusting, so unless it smells bad it's hard for me to tell if it's good--I've never had a problem with it going bad after a few days in the fridge until now). I just don't know why he's refusing.
I'm planning to continue pumping because I want to keep up my supply for the days that I'm home. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to get him back to drinking milk? I spent about half an hour tonight transferring fresh milk that I brought home from work (so I knew it was good) into every bottle and cup that we have, and he refused them all. He has so few good sources of fat and protein, and so many of his foods are low calorie, I really want to make sure he drinks something other than tons of water while I'm gone.
Thanks in advance for your help!