I WOH, BF on demand when I'm home (including nights--we cosleep). I have only been able to pump once a day at work lately and for quite some time I have noticed a decrease in supply (even before I went to once a day). I have been supplementing with frozen milk from my deep freeze stash. However, I also travel a bit for work and the stash, after I come home from the trip I'm currently on, will be depleted. I am going to Europe for week next month and I will not have enough stored milk for that trip (or for my DD to get 5 ounces per day when I'm gone--her afternoon bottle).
I am going to renew my efforts to pump more and starting drinking Mother's Milk tea. But meanwhile, I'm pretty sure my 1 yo DD will NOT be happy if she doesn't have her afternoon bottle (even though my pediatrician says she is getting enough total milk the rest of the time by just BF). I have been thinking my DD was intolerant of dairy but over time she has been fine with organic butter, cheese, and yogurt. I've not yet tried cows milk.
So, with that background, I have two questions:
1. What do you recommend I try first for supplementation: wean from an afternoon bottle (she already has free choice water), wean to cow's milk or goats milk, anything else (I'm allergic to soy and don't want to give her soy milk)?
2.Should I offer the "new milk" as an afternoon bottle by itself and just freeze my expressed milk for my next trip so that she can choose to drink the "new stuff" or not during the day, but still get BM at night? OR should I use up all my pumped milk on a daily basis and just "top it off" with new milk to equal 5-6 ounces?
I would think I would mix the "new milk" with my expressed milk for a week, but then eventually switch to the afternoon bottle being some supplementary milk and start stock piling the expressed milk for my next trip, but I don't know....
Or, is it time to day-wean?
Kristine, Mom to Emma, 1 year, 2 weeks.