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I work out of the home 4 days a week and have a 14.5-month-old. My daughter got EBM in a bottle from 2.5 to 10 months, and she now gets it in a cup. I'm still pumping 1x/day at work and getting 6-8oz.<br><br>
But my menstrual cycle is back, and last night, I was totally out of milk overnight. She nursed constantly to get tiny drips of milk, and my breasts felt like they were being pinched from the inside. She's also much less interested in milk in a cup lately. I'm thinking of quitting pumping at work.<br><br>
I'm apprehensive about this because I'm very committed to nursing her until 2 at the minimum, and I'm afraid my supply will drop a great deal more. She nurses every 1-3 hours when we're together, including overnight, but I'm gone for 10 hours/day, 4 days/week.<br><br>
I'm also nervous about this because we haven't given her cow milk as a beverage yet, and for some reason, the thought of giving her cow milk fills me with dread.<br><br>
Any insight? Any thoughts?
 

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I about ready to stop pumping at work too. When DD turns one I will stop pumping in the afternoon and give her cow's milk at daycare for that feeding. Being from the dairy state however, I have no problems giving her cow's milk. I drank a ton of milk as a kid, and we put cheese on everything here. I'm not sure how long I'll keep pumping in the morning... maybe until 18 months. We'll see. Sometimes it's just not realistic to slip away to pump.<br><br>
I got my period when DD was 8 months old. My supply usually dips the week before and then comes back up. Do you think your supply had dried up completely?<br><br>
I have no personal experience, but I plan to nurse DD until she decides to stop. I don't think not pumping during the day will effect that.
 

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Don't get me wrong--I love cheese and use a lot of dairy in my cooking. I drank a lot of milk as a kid, too. My main concern (other than that cow milk in a cup can be a weaning technique) is that my daughter's iron was low at 9 months, and dairy can interfere with iron absorption.<br><br>
I got my first pp period when she was almost a year. I've only had two in the last 3 months, and I think I'm due for another. I'm fairly certain that's why my supply is so very low right now. At least by not pumping at work, I would be more full when I see her in the evenings.<br><br>
Maybe I'm overthinking this. I want it to be easy.
 

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Many women supplement during the day while they're at work and breastfeed whenever they're with their baby. If they can do that and keep up their suppy (some can even nurse all weekend without supply problems), then we should be just fine. At least, that's what I tell myself.
 

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I stopped pumping after ds was about a year. Now, he doesn't nurse from ~8am until ~5 (or sometimes even 6)pm, and I still have what seems to be plenty of milk. He nurses a lot in the morning, especially, and several times at night for long stretches. You can take fenugreek to boost your supply if you're worried...I took some once, for about 2 days, and had to stop because I was getting engorged <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> .<br><br>
Oh, ETA: I send rice milk for ds during the day, usually with a splash of flax seed oil. He's sensitive to dairy and personally, I wouldn't give a toddler cow's milk before 2 years old in any case--it's for baby cows, not people. I've sent soy milk (which is what I drink) for him once or twice but think he might be sensitive to that too, though I haven't really tried to find out for sure. Go with your gut and don't give dairy yet.
 
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