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sending breastmilk to daycare for older infant

post #1 of 13
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DS started daycare at 10 months old and will be 1 year old in a few weeks. I pump 6-8 oz when I'm at work and send about 7-8 oz with him each day, but he usually only drinks 4 or so.  His caregiver says he just doesn't seem interested in drinking from a bottle (though at home I know he loves drinking water from any kind of bottle or cup).  I told her to let me know if she thinks he could go without it altogether, as I'd be happy to stop pumping.  At home he does most of his nursing at night, though he does nurse a couple of times a day on the weekends, mostly for comfort. He eats whatever I'm eating at regular meals so is getting plenty to eat.

 

When did you stop sending breastmilk to daycare? If I do stop, should I let her offer him milk instead? I don't drink cow's milk myself, so I'd probably send almond milk or something if I did that.  Or is water sufficient?

post #2 of 13

I did stop sending breastmilk at about 10 months, and just let my son drink whatever else he wanted--juice, cow's milk, water. He's still nursing at home here at 16 months.

post #3 of 13
Water is sufficient. Especially since you're still nursing at home and babe is eating plenty of table foods. Cow's milk is not necessary or necessarily good for people.
post #4 of 13

I think we used soymilk, almond or rice milk, or goat's milk at that point, because they still wanted a bottle for comfort and were used to drinking something "milky." 
 

post #5 of 13
I was still sending BM until about 2 yrs old. Even he didn't drink it all I made you they knew to keep it refrigerated so I could use it at home. When I stopped I went to goats milk. ( I don't do cow milk either )
post #6 of 13

If he's eating food there, water is usually sufficient.  But, she might want to keep a few bags of breast milk in her freezer just in case.  

 

By 12 months, he should be interested in sippy cups.  They do tend to ditch the bottle for a while at this age.  They have other distractions, and bottles are so time consuming for a busy boy.  There's stuff to do.  Their social life is very demanding.

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I was still sending BM until about 2 yrs old. Even he didn't drink it all I made you they knew to keep it refrigerated so I could use it at home. When I stopped I went to goats milk. ( I don't do cow milk either )


What did you use it for at home?

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What did you use it for at home?

 



I'm not sure what maos did, but my babies all liked a little of that cereal for babies (earth's best) and I would use breastmilk to mix with it.

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I'm not sure what maos did, but my babies all liked a little of that cereal for babies (earth's best) and I would use breastmilk to mix with it.


I do that too, since I'm pumping more than he drinks, but I figure when I stop pumping I can just use some other kind of milk in it.

post #10 of 13

I pumped until my first was 18m because he wasn't doing well with solids. He was avid nurser and he self-weaned within a month. It just utterly crashed my supply to not have pumping during the day. Also, to me personally, I knew that he would be nursing during the day if I was home and it just infuriatad/frusterated me as nursing mother that he would be drinking the milk of another species because I didn't want to pump. It was a lot of factors. He never "transitioned" to cow's milk. Didn't like it and my ped didn't care. I pumped until 24m with my second. Same thing.

 

I know pumping at work stinks and at least some women don't notice a difference at all. But it made a huge difference in my supply and I had a great supply with him/donated a ton of milk/etc.before I stopped.

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Originally Posted by JudiAU View Post

I pumped until my first was 18m because he wasn't doing well with solids. He was avid nurser and he self-weaned within a month. It just utterly crashed my supply to not have pumping during the day. Also, to me personally, I knew that he would be nursing during the day if I was home and it just infuriatad/frusterated me as nursing mother that he would be drinking the milk of another species because I didn't want to pump. It was a lot of factors. He never "transitioned" to cow's milk. Didn't like it and my ped didn't care. I pumped until 24m with my second. Same thing.

 

I know pumping at work stinks and at least some women don't notice a difference at all. But it made a huge difference in my supply and I had a great supply with him/donated a ton of milk/etc.before I stopped.


I find if I pump in the middle of the day I don't get much milk at all so I'm pumping mostly right at the end of the day before I get him anyway, so I don't think if I stop it will affect my supply much.  I won't give him the milk of another species, probably just water. Mostly I was wondering if he really need some kind of "milk" during the day if/when I do stop sending breastmilk. It sounds like water will probably suffice.

 

I don't really mind pumping at work that much, it just seems like a waste if he doesn't need it. I wonder if it really gives him that many health benefits to have a few ounces during the day, when he's still nursing a lot at night regardless.

post #12 of 13

I'm still pumping and my DD just turned 1.  I plan to pump until she's 16 months and transitions to the toddler room.  With my DS, now 5 years, I did the same thing, and skipped cow's milk, and just still nursed at home.

post #13 of 13
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Thanks, everyone, for sharing your experiences! For now I'll keep pumping at the end of the day but I think after he turns 1 I'll ask her to see how he does with water or some other type of (non-animal) milk.

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