so conflicted......

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Registered: 04-21-2012
so conflicted......
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Tue, 09-18-2012 - 8:24am

I hate pumping.  I try not to use the word "hate" but I unfortuantely it applies here.  I hate the time it takes away from sleeping, from playing with my family.....dragging that thing to work everyday and trying to fit it in there.....you all know what I'm talking about. 

I've been EPing since DD was 2 months old (we just never got the hang of breastfeeding and this was the next best thing).  She will be 1 in 5 weeks, and while I don't want her to grow up, part of me can't wait so I can be finished!

Here's where I'm having a problem.....in 3 weeks I have to go away for an overnight trip where pumping will be very difficult.  So I was thinking of going one more week and then weaning so I could be done by then.  But then I feel like I'm throwing in the towel when the finish line is in sight!  But then I rationalize quitting because really, what's a couple of weeks and we've already had to supplement with formula from time to time, so while she's had 99% breast milk her whole life, there has been some formula in there.  I'm producing exactly what she's been eating in a day, so there's maybe 15oz in the freezer.  So while I'm weaning, we'll definitely have to supplement.  And then when I fantasize about getting an extra 45 minutes of sleep every morning, I feel guilty because I want to do what's best for her.

I'm not really looking for anyone to tell me what to do, I guess I just needed to vent to people who understand.  I haven't posted on here much, but I definitely wouldn't have gotten this far without this site.  Thanks for "listening"!  :smileyhappy:

 

 

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Registered: 05-16-2012
Sat, 09-29-2012 - 2:17am

It might be not the best idea use cow milk instead of formula or milk. Cow`s milk have different nutrition profile (mineral\vitamin content) compared to human milk (or formula). It is the reason why home made formual recipes has so many ingridients.

You could transfer baby to solids before 1st birthday. It was done before many times. But it would be a great hassle imho, because again you need to meet all micronutrient need and balance it.

But I`m curious what your pediator`ll recommend to you.

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Fri, 09-28-2012 - 1:58pm
Someone on here said her ped said it was ok a little early--I would consult your baby's dr and explain the situation and see what she/he says. Then you'll feel good about whatever you do!

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Registered: 04-21-2012
Fri, 09-28-2012 - 8:26am

Thanks!  I've decided to start weaning....I've only dropped one pump so far and it's weird!  :smileyhappy: 

So here's my new question....I don't really have much of a freezer stash to speak of, so as I'm weaning and pumping less I'll have to supplement.  Is there any wiggle room in the "no cow milk before 12 months" rule, or should I definitely supplement with formula until her birthday?  Thanks again for all your help!!!

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 1:42pm
I think you've done a great job and your thinking is right on. You can do what you need to do, but I think if I were you I'd wean before the trip and get on with life. Your daughter won't be sweating it certainly, so you shouldn't. You have done a fantastic job to make it this far!

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