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DS (6.06), DD (10.08), DD (05.11).
How much bmilk are you talking about? I think it is *very* common for tandem nursing kids to really up their intake. DD was 31 months when DS was born and she basically went back to full time nursing. I figured she was catching up for what she missed with my decreased supply while I was pregnant. She put on around 5 lbs fairly quickly and her poop went totally to bfed baby poop. I think that is pretty normal actually.
In your situation I would completely eliminate non-human milk and just serve water with meals. That way DD would be encouraged to fill up on food instead of a milk product which she can get from nursing. If she has access to human milk there is absolutely NO need for her to have a different milk source.
From what I have read, the optimal diet for a 12 month old is a minimum of 75% of calories from bmilk. Both of my children were in the high 90s at one year. My goal was to have them under 75% by two years and that also happened. There were times, though, that they went widely up or down from those numbers. I am sure that DD was up over 90% again when DS was really young. It moderated itself, though.
Something that really reassured me when my two year old nursed sooooo much was to look at the diets of non-nursing children we knew. One of DD's friends ate only pretzels & marshmellows around that age. I figured if DD *only* nursed and had no other food, at least she was better off than that. We've also known a few kids who got the vast majority of their calories from cow's milk at that point. I think that is pretty common, so it should be "the same" but BETTER to have that main source be human milk.