Re: Hard time breastfeeding 11 month old while pregnant
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the baby to come and on making it through 11 months of nursing!
Something like 80% of moms lose some or all milk supply while pregnant, due to the hormones of pregnancy. Because this is a normal hormonal issue and not a breastfeeding management issue, there is no supplement you can take and no amount of pumping you can do that can "fix" this situation. You can't change the soreness, either- though it may pass as you get into the second trimester.
Luckily, your baby is already 11 months old and you have a terrific frozen stash. Now is the time to start eating into it. Hopefully you can get through the next month without needing to use formula, and just go straight to whole cow or goat milk. Just be aware that not all babies like the taste of either formula or animal milk. So so you start getting low on breastmilk, I think it makes sense to offer some formula or animal milk and see if your LO will drink it. If she is happy with it, terrific. If not, you may have to start mixing your breastmilk with small amounts of either formula or animal milk, so that your baby can get accustomed to the taste. (Ordinarily moms are advised against mixing breastmilk with formula or animal milk because the storage guidelines are different- unused breastmilk can go back in the fridge, whereas unused mixed bottles have to go down the drain.) It's also a good idea to start offering your baby some cheese and yogurt, as they are great sources of dairy for kids who won't drink animal milk/formula.
I'm sorry that you're feeling robbed of your ideal breastfeeding experience with your current baby. I totally understand why you feel that way! But you're willing to keep nursing, and that means that you're not losing much. You might lose this 12th month of pumping, but hey, a lot of moms pump-wean at a year, and continue to nurse only when home with their babies. You might want to check out a book called "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" and see if that's something you'd like to try.
To answer your specific questions:
- Supplement with formula until 1 year, use whole animal milk thereafter.
- Talk to your doc about cow's milk vs. goat's milk. I don't think there's a big difference, but the doc should know for sure.
- I think that because you're looking at a very short-term use of formula, it doesn't matter much what you use. The stuff in the generic brands is the same as the stuff in the brand-name cans. Unless your child has a known allergy to cow's milk, you want to use milk-based rather than soy-based formula.
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