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My son is a little over 14 months old. We are breastfeeding, and plan on doing child-led weaning. He was exclusively breastfed for almost 8 months, when we slowly introduced solids. Now he has progressed to some appropriate table foods, but he still nurses A LOT. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
He seems satisfied and happy when he nurses.<br><br>
However, I’m getting less and less milk when I pump. (I’ve tried everything I can to increase my supply. I eat oatmeal, take Motherlove Special Blend tincture, take brewer’s yeast, drink lots of water, etc., etc.) I’ve also checked out my pump, and changed my membranes. It’s just like I’m not responding to my pump as well as I used to. I’ve pumped for 14 months, so I’m not sure what’s going on. BUT at least my nursling is getting plenty of mama milk when he nurses from the source! So that’s good.<br><br>
Anyway, I’m seriously upping my dose of my Motherlove tincture in hopes that will kick in some extra milk supply.<br><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">So here is my question:</span><br><br>
In the interim, until my supply kicks up again, I’m wondering what other liquids I should give him while I’m at work. He’s only ever received breastmilk and water (esp ice water, which he LOVES).<br><br>
Since I’m not pumping enough breastmilk to supply him with another during the day, I’m wondering if I should add a small sippy of whole goat’s or cow’s milk or soy milk, etc.<br><br>
I am only away from him 6-7 hours a day, no more than 4 days a week. (He is with me most of the time. I have a flexible work schedule.)<br><br>
But on the days we’re separated, he gets about 6oz of pumped breast milk, and some ice water. He really likes to have something to sip on all day long. Of course, I’ll make sure the caregiver gives him the breastmilk FIRST, so there may be days where he doesn’t need anything else.<br><br><b>But on the days that he’s still thirsty, what should I give him as an additional liquid?</b><br><br>
(That’s the question that it took me this long to ask!) :LOL<br><br>
I’m also in a local breastfeeding support group (and I own/run our website: main - <a href="http://www.breastfeedky.com" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeedky.com</a> and forum - <a href="http://www.breastfeedky.com/forum" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeedky.com/forum</a>)<br><br>
I currently have the oldest nursling in our group at 14 months, and we are all planning on CLW, so as their nurslings age, I want to have the right advice to pass on as well.<br><br>
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I think that he's probably getting plenty of milk nursing, and wouldn't send anything but water when you're at work. My 32 mo. old nurses and drinks water, and has soymilk at his dad's but that's because he spends the night there (2X a week). He's a BIG (35 lbs) healthy boy, so I think it's working out.
 

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My ds (14 months old) stays with my mom 2 days a week while I'm at work. While he's there he drinks whole milk (cows) mixed with a little whole milk yogurt (yo baby) for a little flavor/sweetening - kind of like a smoothie. He likes to drink it with a straw. He also likes water and applejuice mixed with water. All of this took a little experimentation for a few weeks but he's pretty happy and sated while I'm away. Hope this helps.
 

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I don't think your DC needs anything except for solid food and water while you are away. At this point, I don't think he has to have breastmilk during the day when you are away. You can add soy or rice milk if you want to add variety or calcium source but water is just fine as far as liquids go and is actually the very best thing (rather than juice). He can get the other nutrients and calcium from a well rounded diet of the food groups and cheese/yogurt or if you don't do dairy, then soy or rice milk and other calcium sources. I had to return to the office when DS was 8 months and he absolutely refused to take breastmilk from DH in a bottle or cup. He might have taken an ounce or two once in awhile but that was it. So, DH just gave him water and then his solid food. Then I just nursed him as soon as I got home, night nursed and in the morning and then all weekend in between solid foods. He was a master nurser and got lots during those days as I could tell the one day/night I was away and was so engorged I wanted to scream. So I know I was producing lots even though I would not have even known it had I not had this one day/night away from DS. He was just efficient at getting it out and me at producing it without me feeling full until I was away. He is now over 2 years.
 

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I recommend the Edensoy soymilk. It is the only nonGMO, organic available. They do testing to make sure.<br><br>
My 13 month old gets an occaisonal bottle of Edensoy while I work. This is my third and I returned to work 6 weeeks after each birth. The pump slows down for me at about a year. I no longer pump at work. I have brought home over 4000 ounces of milk with one Medela PumpInStyle. I have two formula free kids.<br><br>
I agree he needs nothing but water and food. I try to avoid dairy for the first couple years.<br><br>
You're doing a wonderful thing.
 
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