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I don't know what to give dc as a replacement for my milk during the day? I don't think he needs anything nutritionally...or does he? We don't drink cow's milk. Is soya milk okay?<br><br>
DH thinks that it will be mean to dc, as he feels there is an emotional comfort in getting his milk bottle everyday. I nurse dc as soon as I pick him up each day and throughout the evening and night, so I'm sure he is getting the comfort and nutrition he needs from it.<br><br>
I'm tired of pumping though, and despite everyone seeming to be supportive at work, I still feel conspicuous when I go out to pump. It's like standing up and saying "I have to pee." everytime you go to the bathroom. I grab my big pump and off I go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br>
Please, I need suggestions and support.<br><br>
P.S. DC is 13 months old, so I've been doing this for a while.
 

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I think it's ok to wind down pumping at this point. You've done an incredible job thus far.<br><br>
Whether DB needs a substitute caloric liquid (as opposed to just water) while you're gone would depend on several factors, I think. Does DB eat a lot of and enjoy solids? Does he drink plenty of water (he'll need water in any event)? How long are your workdays? Is he healthy and growing well?<br><br>
My DB is 9.5 months. I'm planning to wrap up pumping by 12 months. I will probably give her a little bit of cow's milk and plenty of water during the day. I'm sure that pumping is optimal, but it's exhausting and detracts from my work. Of course, we'll continue nursing.<br><br>
GL!
 

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I'm in the same boat. I'm on the downward slide - yipee! This week I've gone down to once a day. I think I"ll continue the once a day for one or two more weeks. She'll then have enough emm to last until mid Dec. She'll be one on 12/2.<br><br>
I'm sooooo done pumping! I don't know how I did it for 18m with ds. Having a second is so different <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I talked to our dcp and she thinks she'll be fine without a substitute. She only takes one bottle a day now and rarely finishes it. So I'm going to go with that. I don't want to make dcp's life difficult though. I'm thinking of probably doing cows milk if anything and if that seems problematic in any way, we'll go over to rice milk.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm tired of pumping though, and despite everyone seeming to be supportive at work, I still feel conspicuous when I go out to pump. It's like standing up and saying "I have to pee." everytime you go to the bathroom. I grab my big pump and off I go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br></div>
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Oh my gosh I feel the same way! This is my fourth day at my new job and my DS is 3 months old so I really need to be pumping during the day.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Oh my gosh I feel the same way! This is my fourth day at my new job and my DS is 3 months old so I really need to be pumping during the day.</div>
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You'll get used to it! I did. Just be totally matter-of-fact about it. Don't make a big deal, and don't try to hide it.<br><br>
A woman in my office was constantly talking to everyone about pumping (I got xx ounces, it takes me xx minutes to pump, DB drank xx) and it was disruptive to other people's work days---she went on for ages about it!<br><br>
Congratulations on your new DB and good luck with work! I also went back at 3 months.
 

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I stopped pumping two weeks ago. DD is 15 months. He was only taking one bottle and not every day. I stopped at that particular point in time because I was on vacation, and we thought it was a good way to break the bottle habit. He hasn’t seemed to miss the EBM at all. He is allergic to cow’s milk and had a reaction to goat’s milk as well- so we don’t provide any milk substitute. We use fortified rice milk in smoothies and stuff, but otherwise he just drinks water.<br><br>
Think of it this way- at this age, some DC sleep all night without nursing- 8, 10, or 12 hours. There is no difference between your child going without milk that long while you are gone to work and sleeping through the night. We make up for it in the evenings, for sure. Plus, the sad truth is that many babies don’t get any breast milk at all at this age. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Like the PP, I didn’t make a big deal about it, but I tried to completely normalize it. It was very matter of fact- everyone knows I have a baby and babies need to eat- so I express milk. People, more or less, got used to me pumping. Want to have an impromptu meeting or go out in the field? Okay, lets meet in 15 minutes so I can pump. When we had a retreat I asked at the staff meeting to make sure there was an adequate place to pump.<br><br>
Making milk is not at all like urinating. It is making food for babies to eat and grow and be healthy. Be proud!!!!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Like the PP, I didn’t make a big deal about it, but I tried to completely normalize it. It was very matter of fact- everyone knows I have a baby and babies need to eat- so I express milk. People, more or less, got used to me pumping. Want to have an impromptu meeting or go out in the field? Okay, lets meet in 15 minutes so I can pump. When we had a retreat I asked at the staff meeting to make sure there was an adequate place to pump.<br><br>
Making milk is not at all like urinating. It is making food for babies to eat and grow and be healthy. Be proud!!!!</div>
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Ditto.<br>
I have a Do Not Disturb sign on my door since folks tended to knock (why i have NO idea - ppl are always knocking on my closed door! If I was available, it would be OPEN!!!), ahem, anyway....the sign also says, "but please feel free to call" It has a big cow on it...I made one with a big boob as a joke to ask my boss, "do you think this is appropriate?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Anyway, the cow sign is popular. I'll actually hear folks say, "Oh, the cow is out, I'll come back later Maria"
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'll actually hear folks say, "Oh, the cow is out, I'll come back later Maria"</div>
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I gave DS rice milk when he was 12 months on, since I wanted to avoid cow's milk. Only trouble was it got expensive and he got a bit hooked on it for a coupel of yrs.
 

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I've been thinking of doing the same (hanging up the horns) in a few months. Right now DD takes two cups of mommy's milk at daycare (9oz total). So I'm not sure about substituting- I think I will want her to have some milk. It's good to read what everyone else has done.<br><br>
Even if you continue to send milk (soya milk, goat's milk or any kind of non-mommy milk), do you gradually wean? Mix the mmilk with goat's milk? or just go cold turkey?
 

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We never mixed milks. DH just stopped giving him a bottle in the morning after his nap (it helped that his nap schedule changed and he would wake up only an hour before lunch). We replaced it with a nutritious snack. He took the afternoon bottle for a long time, but we ended up replacing it with a nutritious snack when I finally stopped pumping. You don’t have to replace milk with milk alternative- offer fruits, veggies, crackers, beans, etc. as a replacement.
 

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My son is about the same age as yours (13 months). I wound down with pumping and stopped at 12 months. Until the time I stopped pumping, he would drink 16oz of EBM a day. He still gets 1 4-oz bottle of thawed EBM a day and I also send cow's milk. At first, he was drinking up to 12oz of cows milk a day, but now he is drinking hardly any milk. He moved up into a new room at his daycare and he just is too busy to really drink and he is also eating more solids. I'm happy if he just drinks his EBM bottle. Or I should say sippy because no more bottles in his new room.<br><br>
He also is offered water throughout the day.<br><br>
He has cut back his nursing to before bed and overnight and about half the time he gets an after work session.<br><br>
I'm really surprised by this turn of events because he was really a milk-o-holic! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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You all are inspiring me to hang up the horns. I also have a 13 month old (b-day the day before yours Steph!). And I am pregnant again and only got 2 ounces today. Why am I even bothering?<br><br>
Dd gets bm in the morning in a bottle and cows milk with snack in the afternoon. She needs to wean from the bottle in order to move up to the big kids room anyway.
 

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I quit pumping when dd was 14 months. Just decided that it was a good time and I needed to release myself from the anxiety of how much I'd pumped that day. She has already had some goat's milk on a daily basis so it was a fine transition. She nursed until 22 mos when I lead the weaning (another story) and it all worked out for us. You've done a great job! Be proud and embrace this next stage in your mothering adventure <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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