Okay, here goes.
My LO is almost 8 months old and has been breastfed from day one without any supplements. Now she is eating a lot of solids and nurses four times a day: first thing in the morning, a bottle of pumped milk before afternoon nap, as soon as I get off work (around 5), and right before bed. She has purees, yogurt, and oatmeal in between nursings and is thriving.
I am looking to wean her off of the mid-day bottle feeding for several reasons that I won't go into (let's just say that pumping is getting really difficult AND AF returned today). I know that she still needs most of her nutrition from breastmilk or formula, but I really don't want to use formula after making it this far. I feel like it would be a shock to her system and I don't like all the chemicals in it. I heard a little bit about goat's milk, but I would like to hear from someone who has used it.
So my questions are this:
1. What else could I use to supplement besides formula?
2. Do I have to substitue that mid-day feeding? Would she be okay with three nursings a day?
Please don't post to tell me to stick it out and keep pumping for that mid-day bottle. I know that this would be the best choice, but my work situation makes it very difficult. Thanks in advance for your advice!