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When/ if she stops nursing at lunch or stops taking the sippy regularly should I be sending in cow milk? This is kind of a personal thing but I don't give supplementary milks to children. If she was thirsty and didn't have any breast milk she drank water. The daycare made me get a doctors note for it but she always had water.
How long would you continue to send the afternoon BM “in case she wants it”?
It is possible she might want it more as she gets older. DD refused bottles until she was 16 months. I continued pumping at work until she was 22 months and on business trips until she was 3. We only offered it at bedtime after 22 months, because that is only when she would take it, but we offered it as long as it was there.
How long did you guys pump and send in BM? When you stopped pumping what did you send in for drinks? DD didn't go to a daycare where I could send anything in. She was always offered water and when they had it as a special treat she was allowed juice.
My pumping supply is going way down lately, like I am only getting ½ of what I need to send in during the day, I pump 4 times per day (2 times while at work) and then extra on the weekends just to make it through the week. Not sure how much longer I can keep it up, but I am also afraid of pushing DD into weaning at all, I want it to be at her pace. How much are you pumping? Would it be better to do larger bottles less frequently? My DD usually wanted a big 4 oz bottle as opposed to a couple of small ones but she wasn't drinking it as a beverage/food but for sleepytime.
Also how long do you continue to offer nursing sessions? As long as it seems appropriate. It is kind of a communication thing. I always offered a maximum of every two hours until she was at least two and then extra as seemed appropriate. As a side note I nursed DD at lunch until she was 16 months. Around that time she wouldn't nurse at all during the lunch session because she would be napping.And if they refuse? Does it seem like she is refusing because of the environment? Can you lay down with her somewhere dark and quiet? It feels like I should still be offering, but sometime (especially at lunch time) it feels like DD doesn’t want to, how hard should I be pushing her to nurse? I wouldn't push but I would always offer. Some babies like it if you sit there with your top open so they can come and go. It can be annoying but it works.
you can do it.
you are doing it!
i worked part time so i never had to do the super-crazy-tons-of-pumping, but at a certain point i definitely had a harder time pumping milk. it's hard not to worry about supply when it's not flowing into that bottle, but she was still (and still is at 5) getting plenty. it's anecdotal, but i've heard that story a lot where the nursling gets a little older and then mama can't pump as much, but those toddlers can get it. it's like they have a secret tiny milk key or something.
you mamas rock.
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