I actually didn't do that. I left some milk of mine behind every day while pumping, and then recently she just didn't want it. My LO drinks water for the most part, and then once a day or so some coconut water and sometimes apple juice diluted with water. She also has smoothies every couple days (one area we use almond milk and we do use yogurt sometimes). I was worried when she started daycare that she'd have a hard time because all the other kids get milk. I sent some rice milk for her and I don't think she drank much of it, so I stopped with that. A few times she's said she wants milk at school, but she only says that at random times once in a while. We're not really in the habit of sitting around drinking milk of any kind, so I think that's just how it is for her.Quote:
When you pump wean how do you get the child used to the idea of no mommy milk available? esp. for those of us who don't do cows milk and use other milks sparingly?
For sonogirl, regarding talking about it at work -- my tactic (although it's my style and probably not everyone's) was to just talk about pumping like it was anything that was part of my day. I'd just say to co-workers, "I need to leave this meeting early to go pump," or some such thing. Some men at our office have complained about how they think pumping and breastmilk is gross, so I probably played it up a little to annoy them! But I think a lot of people just followed along with my comfort level. I think since you'll be doing it so little now, and because you really could skip pumping if it just didn't match up to your schedule a day or two here and there (happened to me occasionally), it shouldn't be a big deal for your employers, provided they are reasonable humans.
And in terms of being paid for pumping breaks, they don't have to pay you. But in my state on an 8hour shift you are allowed to 15 minute paid breaks. So if mothers use THOSE breaks to pump, then they get paid. It's when they use ADDITIONAL breaks that they aren't paid. So if you are only pumping twice for 15minutes and once on your lunch break...that is in the realm of totally reasonable. If you are taking MORE than that and getting paid, I honestly think your employer is being WAY OVER REASONABLE quite frankly. And would consider reducing (which it sounds like you are) or staying off the clock to make it more even. Because more than a half hour of paid pumping a day for more than a year...that's a lot. And I say that as an HR rep who totally support and allows breastfeeding at a very very small company. So don't feel like you HAVE to stop. But consider reworking your pumping schedule so that it DOESN'T actually cost them money at this point if possible.
We have already started offering her small amounts of water in a straw cup with her lunch while I work, so I think she'll take to water with meals just fine. She does ask for milk in between the solids meals, though...that's more of the transition I will have to work through. Just water at those times? Solids snacks then? Something else entirely?
I do actually work during my pumping breaks--I can't do ultrasounds, obviously, but I have to write reports, so I am usually doing that, if the space they provide me has a computer. One of my breaks is my lunch break. So really, my total time pumping is 80 minutes, and my total paid break time + unpaid lunch is 60 minutes, so it tends to balance out, provided I get to pump in a room with a computer for at least 20 minutes! So the bigger issue in my situation is just being provided space. I'll just need to advocate that I get somewhere, just for the one break, or whatever I wind up needing.
I don't actually have a problem with dairy, either--I'm just not sure she even would need cow's milk. She nurses a LOT. We eat yogurt and cheese. Baby loves both! So at this point, I guess I am most concerned with my supply, and easing gradually over from her 9-10 oz of BM a day to something else after the year.
But you don't need to. If you are going to continue to nurse her on demand, it sounds as if her solid intake has ALREADY replaced what she needed those oz of milk for when she was an infant. So now it's just about you gradually backing away. She won't starve at this point from the lack of those oz of milk. And as you will see, after the year point your supply won't suffer as you decide to let go of the sessions. You will in fact be able to continue to feed the baby on demand as often as you want for as long as you want. You don't need to replace those oz with anything. Because you have already replaced them with lunch and dinner.