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    Hello ladies,

    I have a couple questions, and I'm not sure if this is the right forum or not, but here goes anyway.

    I have been pumping for my 2 year old ds for about 3 months now (my younger ds is almost 4mo). I have changed up my pumping schedule a few times, because my supply hasn't been staying consistent. Sometimes when I wake up early morning for ds' feeding, I'm EXTREMELY full, so I feed him, then go pump both breasts, and that'll be enough for my older ds for the day (he's been drinking about 12oz. per day). Other times, I can easily go all night without pumping, and struggle to get 6oz. when we get up in the morning. So, my first question is, why is my supply still all over the place?? Just when I think that it's evened out, suddenly I can't sleep through the night again without waking up engorged. I'd like to be able to consistently get enough for my older ds as well (but without "taking away" from ds2, of course), but that just doesn't happen. I was trying to pump at the same time every day, so that's what my body would expect and I'd be able to get enough all the time. But it didn't seem to be working... And advice on this issue?

    My second question is, suddenly my older ds is rejecting my milk all together. I'm assuming it's ALL milk (I think he has a lactose intolerance issue--the last time he drank cow's milk, he had serious diarrhea) that he doesn't want. He drinks a lot of water, and only gets about 4oz of fruit juice a day (if that). But I'm concerned about him getting enough calcium, plus all the other good stuff that my milk provides him (he is a very picky eater--and I'm afraid he's lacking in good nutrients). I end up dumping out my milk quite often with him, which is heartbreaking. Any ideas on how to get him to drink it?

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    Default Re: My 2 year old doesn't want my milk

    could it be something hormonal? I notice wild variations in supply with my cycle around what I think is ovulation and before my period. Have you had your period back yet? I remember reading that your milk taste may change as well and some babies will drink less around those times.

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    Default Re: My 2 year old doesn't want my milk

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*ferchi View Post
    could it be something hormonal? I notice wild variations in supply with my cycle around what I think is ovulation and before my period. Have you had your period back yet? I remember reading that your milk taste may change as well and some babies will drink less around those times.
    I don't have any advice about how to get your 2 year old to drink your milk, but was going to say the EXACT same thing about the fluctuations in your supply. The amount I could pump would always vary a LOT, depending on where I was in my cycle. Just before AF, and right at the beginning of AF, my supply always seemed to be the lowest. It would slowly come back up to normal following AF, but then dip again just before my next cycle. Sadly, my cycles are 23-24 days apart, so this was a frequent occurrence for me.
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    Default Re: My 2 year old doesn't want my milk

    try on cold cereal. Thats the only way my kids will "Eat" cows milk....

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    Thank you for the replies! I haven't had my period yet, but that's a possibility, because I have been having some cramping. Although it's been off and on for probably a good month now, but I think that still could be the reason.
    I've been thinking about maybe adding a tiny bit of chocolate syrup, and hoping he'll drink it that way

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    Default Re: My 2 year old doesn't want my milk

    I would just incorporate it into foods he will eat, (as the pp said ) like cereal or cook with it...
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    Default Re: My 2 year old doesn't want my milk

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*number4 View Post
    I would just incorporate it into foods he will eat, (as the pp said ) like cereal or cook with it...
    Muffins! I've never met a toddler would wouldn't at least eat the top off! There are some really healthy recipes out there.

    Oh ETA: What about a momcicle? Frozen like a popsicle? My LO wasn't into the yogurt for a long time but he'd eat frozen yogurt a lot.

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    Default Re: My 2 year old doesn't want my milk

    If you can get enough, could you make like a fruity frozen dessert with bananas? Or banana smoothies or something. I don't have many suggestions, but I was just thinking about the two things Lilly likes!
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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*lillypig View Post
    If you can get enough, could you make like a fruity frozen dessert with bananas? Or banana smoothies or something. I don't have many suggestions, but I was just thinking about the two things Lilly likes!
    Great idea! Then he'll be getting some fruit as well, which he could use some of too.
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    Default Re: My 2 year old doesn't want my milk

    I got my period back around 5mo too and my milk supply is all over the place all month, during ovulation and flow. But my little guy eats table food now so I don't worry so much.

    Maybe you could mix a delicious smoothie to put in a sippy cup with a straw for your older one. Now that the weather is getting warm a nice cold smoothie might go down easy and you can mix in all kinds of different frozen fruit. Plus it's fast!
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