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Hi All<br><br>
I was hoping for some advice --<br><br>
In February I will be starting a new job and my daughter will be 11 months old. She has been going to daycare since she was 3 months old with pumped bottles of breastmilk.<br><br>
My daughter is beginning to nurse less and I am noticing my supply getting lower. I would like to continue to breastfeed her, but I am having a lot of trouble maintaining the bottles that I had been by pumping at work and I'm supplementing with one bottle of formula every day for daycare. I am going to continue to breastfeed her at least until she is a year old, and hope to let her lead her weaning.<br><br>
When I start this new job I am considering not pumping during the day and nursing her at home on nights and weekends.<br><br>
Does anyone have any advice? What do other moms send their babies to daycare with in their bottles? Should I send bottles of formula?<br><br>
Just FYI this has nothing to do with being worried about the environment -- I totally know my rights and I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem<br><br>
Thanks for any help<br><br>
Wendy<br>
Samirah's mom
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hi All<br><br>
I was hoping for some advice --<br><br>
In February I will be starting a new job and my daughter will be 11 months old. She has been going to daycare since she was 3 months old with pumped bottles of breastmilk.<br><br>
My daughter is beginning to nurse less and I am noticing my supply getting lower. I would like to continue to breastfeed her, but I am having a lot of trouble maintaining the bottles that I had been by pumping at work and I'm supplementing with one bottle of formula every day for daycare. I am going to continue to breastfeed her at least until she is a year old, and hope to let her lead her weaning.<br><br>
When I start this new job I am considering not pumping during the day and nursing her at home on nights and weekends.<br><br>
Does anyone have any advice? What do other moms send their babies to daycare with in their bottles? Should I send bottles of formula?<br><br>
Just FYI this has nothing to do with being worried about the environment -- I totally know my rights and I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem<br><br>
Thanks for any help<br><br>
Wendy<br>
Samirah's mom</div>
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Hi there,<br>
I would pump immediately after you feed her to increase the supply (this helped with my supply) and definitely when she is supplemented. Also, defintiely pump at least twice work if you work 8 hours.<br>
Good luck.<br>
When you do CLW, IME, some pumping helps with the supply.
 

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I am still pumping 2x a day while at work. My DD is almost 10 months, but we don't have her on any solids during the day. She is still strictly on breastmilk. She gets solids at night and on weekends, but I haven't noticed any drop in nursing.<br><br>
I would really like to drop pumping sessions, but I am thinking it is not in the cards for me for awhile. I'll keep pumping it as long as she keeps drinking it. :yawning:
 

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I can't believe i didn't record more. I WOH and nursed my dd until almost 2. She started solids around 6-7 mo so when close to a year I think I was pumping just once a day and then sending it the next day along with the rest of her solids. I can't remember exactly when the daytime nursing/pumping ended. My best recollection is that I eventually stopped pumping but still did a daytime nurse on the weekends and the night time nursing was the last to go.<br>
Do what feels good to your heart, watch your babes response, I feel you can try something and then go back if it doesn't work for you. Maybe keep pumping but have your dcp not give it one day then 2 and see how it goes - if babe "rebels" then you haven't stopped pumping and you know it's not time yet. I forgot to say that I did this without ever using formula, she drank water and ate solids and nursed at home. After one year she drank some cow milk but not much - she did love stoneyfield yogurt though.
 

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I think that if I were in your position I'd still try to pump as much as reasonably possible at work--keep giving her as much breastmilk during the day as I could--until 12 months. Then I'd let her drink cow's milk, water, or a small amount of watered-down juice during the workday and still nurse in the mornings, evenings, and weekends.<br><br>
This has been my philosophy with both my yunguns, and with both I managed to do it without supplementing with formula, but BARELY. It is really hard to keep up your supply while WOH--you do what you can while still living your life and doing your job.
 

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Hmm... at 11 months you might as well stick it out 1 more month and avoid the formula if you can (then you can switch to whole cow's milk). Then again, by the time my son turned one, I was SO SICK of pumping. Really sick of it. I pumped for him until he was around 13 months. (Now he's 20 months, I'm 4.5 months pregnant with #2, and he still nurses 1-2x/day.)<br><br>
You certainly CAN stop pumping and just nurse evenings and weekends. Really, it's what I did once I quit pumping for James. Your milk supply will stay where it needs to be as long as she's nursing enough when you're with her. If you want to try and get some extra to send with her to daycare, consider pumping in the mornings (for example, pump one side while nursing her on the other) and storing up over the weekend.<br><br>
What you DON'T want is to be not pumping/nursing much during the week and then have her completely binge over the weekend. This is a recipe for mastitis. I say this from experience. My son started refusing bottles cold turkey when he was 7 months old. He hasn't had one since. And at that point he was still only eating around 1-2 solid meals/day. As you can imagine, he did a LOT of nursing while I was at home, and I had to pump during the day to keep my boobs from exploding and to keep my supply up for his weekend milkfest, but he wouldn't even drink the pumped milk! (We managed to incorporate most of it into his food, but he wouldn't drink it from a cup either). Anyway, I did have about 4 bouts of mastitis over a 3 month period until his demand was more consistent with my working schedule.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I think that if I were in your position I'd still try to pump as much as reasonably possible at work--keep giving her as much breastmilk during the day as I could--until 12 months. Then I'd let her drink cow's milk, water, or a small amount of watered-down juice during the workday and still nurse in the mornings, evenings, and weekends.<br>
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This is what we did, since I my DD ended up getting some formula anyhow, at aruond 11 months we introduced milk and now she gets milk and water with her food at the sitters and gets water or juice and nurses at home. Mostly nurses :p
 
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