I guess it is time to face the facts that this "nursing strike" is not in fact a strike at all, but he is for real done bf. It is rather a sad admition. I am very greatful that about 2-3 weeks into the strike, I did get one "last time" when he latched for less than a minute one night. I am very greatful that I was able to cherish that last moment of our bf relationship. It has been about a month now . . . and I have tried everything to no avail, he is just done. I have been pumping and will continue for the next month, but I am finding myself with less resolve to pump as much as I should. I am down to pumping 3-4 times a day, getting 14-17 ounces. Some days that is all he will take from a cup, and some days we supplement one cup of formula. I am thinking to start cow's milk in a week or 2, we have gotten the go ahead from the pedi. any idea how much I should offer at first? also, this whole transition from bm being the primary nutrition to milk being secondary is a strange one. My lo is drinking less, eating plenty of solids (3 meals and 1 or 2 snacks) I know as far as cows milk after 1 year, the AAp says 16 ounces, but for the next few weeks as we transition, is the 15-20 ounces/day sufficient?
We really had no intention of being done this soon, so it is sad, but I am glad we made it as far as we did, and he did at least get bm for a year. I all of you who have EP'd for more than a year, I just don't have it in me I guess. thanks for all the support that got us this far!