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I have been supplementing my twins with a lact-aid since they were about 6 months old due to supply issues. They are each supp about 6-8 oz per day-no bottles at all. They are approaching 1 yr old and I wondered what other lact-aid mamas did at 1 yr. Did you continue using the lact-aid or did you wean the lact-aid and if you continued using it, what did you supp with? Right now, one is supp with Enfamil Lipil and one is supp with Prosobee Lipil (had dairy intol, but has pretty much outgrown at this point, I think).<br><br>
I think that if I weaned the lact-aid they would continue nursing without problem as they do nurse without it too, but I was really thinking I would continue using it for a while. I can't decide if I should supp with goats milk or a toddler formula or what. We limit cow milk in our family (esp at a young age).<br><br>
My main goal is to ensure that the babies continue nursing and continue receiving as much BM as possible. TIA!
 

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I don't use a lact-aid but I certainly cannot see any harm in continuing to use one past a year... it wouldn't be harmful at all!
 

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Hi! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wave.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wave"> Always nice to meet another LA user! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I stopped using the LA as soon as I was able, because I found it such a hassle; my dd was willing to accept supplement in the form of solids, and *more than willing* to keep nursing without LA! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think that with such a small amount of supplement being given via LA, you could certainly wean from it if you like. Additional fluids, if necessary, could be offered in a cup. On the other hand, there is no harm whatsoever in continuing with the LA if you don't mind using it.<br><br>
I suppose it depends somewhat on the nursing habits of your little ones, but since you said they are quite willing to nurse without the LA, I would think that weaning from the LA is unlikely to slow them down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> They'll still receive plenty of BM if they are nursing frequently!<br><br>
As for what sort of supplemental milk to give, our family's preference at that age would be raw cow's or goat's milk. But I'm not sure that supplemental milk is necessary. We've still not given my dd (nearly 2) non-human milk. She nurses a lot, eats well, and drinks water when she needs it. Perhaps things are different in your case. It's really up tp you.<br><br>
HTH a little.
 

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So I'm really curious, b/c I'm planning to use a LA with my baby due in July for bfar reasons. Did/do you use it at every nursing session? If not, how do you determine which one(s) to supp with? Are you able to nurse in public with it, easily transport the stuff, etc?<br><br>
As for going past one year, I agree with the other posters. If they'll take the supp in other forms/varieties, and they're willing to nurse without it, then if you're ready to wean from it and they won't be losing any mama milk as a result, I don't see why it would be a problem.
 

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I think it really depends how much you need to supp. Some BFAR mamas need to supp at every feed, others just once a day, and everything in between. What worked for me (once we determined the need to supp -- baby losing weight etc.) was to nurse her bare (no LA) on both sides for as long as she was willing to actively suck, then add the LA on the second side and let her take as much as she wanted. I'd pull the tube when she stopped actively sucking and drifted off, to avoid over-supping. As she got older and was gaining well, I was always testing things to see whether I could reduce supp -- I'd nurse bare almost constantly, and only when it became quite clear that she was hungry for more than she was able to get (often after a coupld hours of constant or semi-constant nursing) would I offer the LA. I found if I offered the LA too often, she'd take a bunch of formula, then sleep for quite a while, and meantime my supply was not getting any stimulation. It takes some fiddling to figure out what works for you. I did weekly weight checks for quite a long time to make sure my fiddling was working out OK -- basically just to confirm that she was gaining well.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I NIPed a lot with the LA. Not a big deal. I rarely fielded questions. Obviously much more of a hassle than bringing nothing with you and just lifting your shirt, but quite manageable. I transported it, pre-filled, in a little soup-sized thermos container. HTH!
 

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I've been doing a little research, and if you do go with cow or goat milk and away from formula, I would add in an iron supplement. There is iron in breast milk, and formula is usually fortified with it (though it's not nearly so easy to adsorb as what Mom makes), but cow and goat milk don't have it. You want to be sure to avoid iron-deficiency anemia at this stage, as it can lead to developmental delays.<br><br>
Interestingly enough, my pediatrician told me that I needed to start an iron supplement because I was BFing, and so I assumed there was no iron in breastmilk. Surprise, surprise, Dr Sears says it's in there, so I don't need to worry. The AAP aparently also recommends vitamins in babies, but DS didn't like the taste and I backed down. We're meeting or exceeding all our milestones, so I guess it all worked out just fine.
 
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