I'm open to giving only water before bed -- currently DD gets a bottle of breastmilk and my care providers seem to think she finds that really relaxing. She usually gulps it down (she'll drink far more than I can pump), so they offer her water after she finishes the EBM. But maybe we should just try offering a bottle of water before bed. Have others had experience with whether their DC found that soothing and relaxing for when mama isn't there to nurse?
I've been pumping for 15 months, and I work in a different location every night, so I end up having to negotiate for places to pump, find empty rooms without locks on doors, pump in supply closets, etc. I've been happy to do it, but it's a huge amount of work and quite time-consuming. Sometimes these days I have to pump twice just to get enough milk for a single bottle -- and then DD acts like it wasn't enough and gulps down water after the bottle of breastmilk.
I realized I hadn't heard of many mamas pumping when their DC is so old, so I asked about it here: http://www.mothering.com/discussions....php?t=1047504
and found out that many working mamas quit the pump by this time. That was where others suggested offering another kind of milk before bed, which led me to want to research what the best option would be.
I'm not strictly vegan, but I really try to limit the amount of cow's milk in our family -- I've read a lot about cow's milk that makes me uncomfortable with it. But I could be convinced that it's better than other milk alternatives for babies -- based on my reading, I don't believe adult humans were meant to be drink milk designed for baby cows, but maybe it's better for human babies than other options.
On the other hand, it seems like many mamas have chosen other kinds of milk for their DC, so I'm still curious to know where you found the information that led to your decision.