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#1 of 4 Old 10-10-2012, 01:16 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I technically work full time but am out of the house <20 h/week (typically 6 hours 3 days a week).

 

When I am home I bf her directly and then hand her off to nanny/MIL which works reasonably well.  For when I am out, she has pretty much taken exactly 6 oz for the time I am gone, from ages 4 months to 11 months.

 

Last week she started refusing any expressed milk at all while I am gone.  My MIL tried bottle, cup, straw, and spoon.  (Apparently DD kept shaking her head and saying 'No.')  I think MIL offered her water as well but she only took a couple of sips.  She did eat plenty of food including lots of fruit.

 

I am concerned about her not taking in any liquid for six hours.  Also I really need to start spending more time away for work in the near future.  Also I was hoping to transition her to cow's milk after her first birthday next week but I can't imagine how that is going to go since she isn't even taking my milk right now.  (MIL did try offering a bottle of cow's milk but she wasn't interested in that either.)

 

Any suggestions for me highly appreciated.  TIA


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I would say that at that age she doesn't need milk in your absence. I went back to work when dd was 1 y/o and I didn't pump for her, she would just have water / cow's milk / juice when I was away. Your dd doesn't need cow's milk, especially if you continue to nurse before and after work.

 

I would just make water available to her and wouldn't worry about it. My ds doesn't drink a lot, never has, but also eats lots of fruits and veggies.

Dd on the other hand prefers meat and carbs and drinks a lot of water.
 


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Thanks for your reply.  Really, no liquid for 6-8 hours?  That's interesting.  I actually asked the ped about it today and he wasn't too concerned either (what he actually said was "c'est la vie") so I guess the consensus is I can stop spazzing out about it.  Thanks!


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There are new articles about water consumption saying to eat your water. And not just cucumber and watermelon, cooked rice and white chicken meat both contain 60% water.  It all adds up. I'm not a cows milk drinker and never have been.  I don't miss it.  there are ton's of alternatives to getting the nutrients needed. Letting children eat as much or as little as they want and not force feeding is a great way to always let the body take what it needs.  Children do this naturally if we let them.

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