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Please tell me I am not the only one?! Most of my friends have quit and they aren't even pregnant. I work 3 evenings a week and my dh watches my son. I pump once during my shift and once when I get home so they have milk for the next day (I work sat/sun/mon). My milk supply is really taking a nose dive even with my more milk two tincture, I wonder what other mothers are experiencing?<br>
My ds is 19 months and I am wondering if it is time to just stop giving a bottle of breastmilk at bedtime? I dunno...WWYD?
 

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Hi Heather! I just stopped EPing for my 22mth old DD due to the fact that my supply basically went to ZERO at 7wk preg, nothing I could do to keep it going. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Something you may want to think about is how not pumping those two sessions 3 times/week are going to effect your overall supply. If your babe removes the milk at a later time in the eve when you return you should be fine, BUT if she does not you will be signaling your body to make even less milk hurting your supply overall. (Also she may up her nursing at other times to make up for it or she may not.) If I was you I would keep pumping, if you are getting enough to make it worth it (not some 1/4-1/2oz after 30mins where I was when I decided to HUTH) especially to work with your bodies supply and demand mechanism.<br><br>
Props <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">for pumping while away as long as you have for your babe, they are still so young even at 19mths, we sometimes forget that. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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At 8 weeks I am still getting about 1.5 oz from each breast and in only 5-10 minutes, so I guess I should keep going! I am not HUTH yet!<br>
BTW I am always so impressed by EPers! You go mom, you did amazing!<br><br>
Also, what are you giving in the bottle at bedtime? or did you eliminate that too?
 

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I'm not pumping, but am still nursing. Good for you for hanging in there as long as you can! I think if it isn't too painful to pump, and you get a decent amount than it can't hurt to keep trying. If you don't get enough for a full bottle, you could start going half & half.<br><br>
Have you decided on a breastmilk substitute? At that age, we introduced goat's milk to my son. He didn't like the milks combined, so he would drink one BM bottle, then one GM bottle.<br><br>
I pumped BM for him to drink while I was working until he was 22 months old, then we just dropped all bottles and only nursed when we were together. He would drink milk or water from a sippy or straw cup by then. Granted, I wasn't pg at the time!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At 8 weeks I am still getting about 1.5 oz from each breast and in only 5-10 minutes, so I guess I should keep going! I am not HUTH yet!<br>
BTW I am always so impressed by EPers! You go mom, you did amazing!<br><br>
Also, what are you giving in the bottle at bedtime? or did you eliminate that too?</div>
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Sounds like great output! I would keep at it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Well sadly my DD is allergic to all sorts of dairy products, we have tried cow, goat, and water buffalo to no avail, I could not even eat any dairy when I was pumping for her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Luckily she loves water. When she was about 15mths her demand began to increase again and I had no real substitute so I started to water down her bottles at night. Basically she LOVES to suck so it was not the milk she really was after it just was the satisfaction of sucking, she will NOT sleep without at least one bottle. After a few weeks of that we just went to straight water and she took it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Now all she has it water at night, 2 bottles to go to sleep usually (about 10oz) and then at least 2 more during the night, sometimes 5 or more when she is having a hard night<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">. She is a pee machine, I can't find even multiple cloth diapers to contain her and I am using cashmere WOOL<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:.<br><br>
I would try water if you do need a substitute since it is sugar free and wont harm the teeth at night. We have some teeth problems so any sort of rice milk, almond milk or other substitute non milk product is just too high in sugar to leave me comfortable teeth wise. Even cow and goat if you have teeth problems can aggravate since they do stay on the teeth all night, unlike BM from the tap which gets shot way in the back of the mouth avoiding the teeth. Ah the boob is just sooo perfect!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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Come to find out that my dh has been diluting the BM with water for a while now (he only gets a bottle at bedtime when I am at work), so yep, maybe just water would be worth a try. Do you warm it?<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Come to find out that my dh has been diluting the BM with water for a while now (he only gets a bottle at bedtime when I am at work), so yep, maybe just water would be worth a try. Do you warm it?<br>
TIA</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/spitdrink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="spitdrink"> That's funny that your hubbie was already adding water<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">!<br><br>
My BM was always as fresh as possible, depending upon the outside temperature I would keep it unrefrigerated up to 10hrs And by that point it was GONE <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">(<a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/2/T026900.asp#T026901" target="_blank">here</a> is a great BM storage chart). So hardly anything really got refrigerated in my case which meat that the bottles were room temp. We use bottled water from those huge jugs with the pull spout and just leave it in her bedroom on the bedside table. When it is time for bed we would just fill up the clean bottle right then or dilute the BM. So basically everything was just the same temp.<br><br>
BUT I would say that if you warm your BM I would also warm the water to the same temp you warm the BM at least in the beginning since I have noticed some babes are really picky with temperature and sometimes won't drink something specifically because it is too hot or too cold. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Another funny thing with my DD was that for awhile she always wanted her first bottle to look like BM. My supply kept tanking and I basically had NO milk left but she wanted BM!!!! so when we started offering water for her first bottle at night she went CRAZY<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry">, we found that as long as the bottle looked like it had BM in it she was fine. SO I would put only 1/2oz of BM in the bottle and fill the next 5 or so oz with water, so the bottle looked the color of BM but really did not taste like it much and slowly worked down from their until she was OK with a bottle that looked like water. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> Funny babe<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 
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