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Monday, May 23, 2011

Milkin' it

Remember how I said that I was gonna breastfeed for one-year??  Well, it aint' as easy as it looks.  The first 6 months were a breeze, so I figured the second half would finish up the same way.  But, like any good football team knows, the second half is the game changer. 
Suffice it to say, I'm still breastfeeding, but there isn't as much available as there used to be.  Crazy, right?  Who would have thought.  I guess all the stress finally caught up with me.  And I only have the time and energy to pump 2x a day.  I'm doing the best I can. 
I'm still getting 11-15 ounces a day, which should be enough, but Isla June loves milk.  Even though she loves food, she still has room for 6-7 ounces of milk 3-4 times a day!  So, long story short, we had to start looking for more options.  After much thought and discussion, I decided that we were going to attempt incorporating goat's milk into the feeding regimen.  And, thanks to my assistant principal, we can get fresh-from-the-goat milk!  Isla June doesn't take it straight, but we've started mixing it 2 oz. to 4 oz.  It's definitely a process.  I'm not sure if we're going to be able to do straight GM bottles, but it's working for now. 
On another recommendation, we've introduced Hemp milk as well.  Hemp milk is super high in Omega's, so it's a great option (and is recommended by my Pediatrician).  We turn it into a smoothie with blueberries and bananas as yet again, she won't drink it straight. 
So, we're trying to expand our palette as I'm ready to be done with pumping.  After 1 year, I figure we'll take it day by day and see what happens.  She's happy, and I'm happy. 
How much milk do babies drink after their first year anyways???

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