Enough milk to make it to 1 yr?

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Enough milk to make it to 1 yr?
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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 10:41am

For a while I thought my frozen stash would easily last me until 1 year, but now I'm not so sure :(

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 3:32pm
That's frustrating!

If your priority is to get to a year w/o using formula (which I think is a very reasonable goal) then you'll need to get your output closer to input.

If you're using 1 bag/day, remember that's 70 *work* days. If there are about 20 work days/month then you actually have 3.5 months left frozen. So that's not as daunting, I would think.

You may want to start decreasing the amount per bottle, and increasing the solids that DD gets at daycare Solids can be a great way to "stretch" your breastmilk. If you cut back to 3 x 3 oz, for instance, then the amount you're pumping is a lot closer to what you need.

Adding in a pump session on weekend mornings might be another good way to get a little more milk. Or if you want to ramp it up a little more you could add in a pump before you go to bed.

Hope some of these ideas sound good to you :) You're doing a great job, and I know you can make it to a year!

 


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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 8:13am

Thank you for your reply and suggestions.

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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 12:47pm
I would guess that she will cut back on the bottles part way through this time too. My DS really reduced his milk consumption and took more water + solids around 10 months. The changes that go on for a kid between 8 months and 1 year are pretty huge and she will change a lot in that time.

I think it was around 8 or 9 months that I started taking some fenugreek to help keep my supply up a bit. A little bit made a huge difference for me, particularly around the time of AF when I would get a drop ever month (which was when I cut into my freezer stash).

Also, I know feeding is something that people get very personal about and I don't want to attack you at all, but if you are using more milk for cereal, why not feed something calorie dense and nutritious that doesn't require milk. Avocado has been a huge hit with my DS and several of my friends kids. It's easy to eat with few teeth, loaded with calories and good fats, plus it won't require using up more of your milk. My DS is 14 mos now and he still loves to get cut up avocado every day at lunch time. Just a thought. Not judging or trying to pressure you.
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Registered: 11-29-2005
Tue, 01-31-2012 - 6:56pm
Ah yes, I have skinny minnies, too, so I understand not wanting to cut back so much. But I know with some planning, you can make it work for you and DD!! I also like akhtarsa's suggestion of more nutrient dense solids. I've never been a big cereal fan ;) but as she said, everyone does solids differently.

Keep us posted!

 


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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 8:03am
I don't feel attacked at all - I welcome your suggestions and experiences, so thank you! I never even thought about cutting back on the cereal because "that's her routine." But I can see how that makes sense. I am working on getting her to take more "table foods" & "self feeding" so she is working on holding and eating her own bananas, steamed carrots, etc. I haven't tried avocado slices yet, but she likes them pureed (I'm making my own food). Perhaps I could send a combination of banana/avocado in the morning for breakfast instead of so much cereal (we've switched to the baby oatmeal, but I'm sure that's not much better than the rice cereal). Thanks again for the suggestion!