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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 09:33 AM   1
GypsyDancer
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Can i give my 11 month old cows milk?


Im going away on Friday with my dads family, lo and oh..anyway my dad has offered to babysit lo one night whilst were away so OH and i can have a very much needed night out together..i have gratefully accepted his offer as he doesnt see lo much (he lives in london) so he can spend time with lo..

Problem is..im "exclusively" breastfeeding..obviously hes having food too but ive only ever given him breastmilk..Im going to take my pump with me but worrying i wont be able to get enough milk to leave him for a few hours in the evening..my lo can feed quite alot in the evening/night still..

I tried to use my pump the other day as i havent used it for months and i barely even got 1/2 an ounce..i would try to express as much as i can before we go but i dont really want to do this as we have to travel a fair while and i dont want to take the risk of the milk going off by the time we get there...

So i was considering pumping when i get there as much as i could..then if my dad gets desperate..could he give him a little bit of whole cows milk? or should i tell him to just give him some food and water?

I dont want to keep worrying while out that lo is crying ect..I know i could go and get him some formula..and i dont want to offend anyone who uses formula..but i just dont feel comfortable giving him it..i know theres nothing wrong wiht it..its just ive put all my heart into breastfeeding and i cant get my head around the idea of giving him formula..iive just been so adament that he will be strictly on bm.. plus ive also heard is babies are used to breastmilk sometimes formula can make them abit more sicky? i dont know if this is true its only what ive heard! and again i dont have anything against formula..im just not keen to give it to my lo...

he'll be a few days under 11 months btw..and he has cows milk with his cereal/food ect..infact he has alot of dairy products daily..

i know they shouldnt really have cows milk as a main drink because there isnt as many nutrients? but what about dairy intolerance..?

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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 09:43 AM   2
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On doctors advice we have started giving LO Almond milk not cows milk but he is only 7 months. So far its been great and we have had no problems. He is also only breastfed.



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 09:56 AM   3
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I can't see that having a drink of cows milk as a one off wll hurt. Lots of babies are on cowsmilk at 11 months anyway!



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 10:04 AM   4
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It won't harm LO to give cows milk at 11 months, so I wouldn't worry hun if it comes to that.

Have you tried manually expressing? I always found I got much more out that way. Also, remember that milk can take some time to come out when you are pumping, so it may be that you needed longer to "let down"?

Is there any way you can pump/manually express over the next couple of days and freeze it? Then pack it in a cool box with ice packs and it should keep fine in the fridge at your dads for a day or two?



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 12:12 PM   5
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I started around 10 months but it made her real constipated, so we used formula, and now we use toddler formula and cows milk which is an even balance. Her poo is just right lol



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 12:15 PM   6
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It won't harm LO to give cows milk at 11 months, so I wouldn't worry hun if it comes to that.

Have you tried manually expressing? I always found I got much more out that way. Also, remember that milk can take some time to come out when you are pumping, so it may be that you needed longer to "let down"?

Is there any way you can pump/manually express over the next couple of days and freeze it? Then pack it in a cool box with ice packs and it should keep fine in the fridge at your dads for a day or two?
By manually do you mean expressing by hand without a pump? I didnt try it the other day but i have done in the past..ive got a tommee tippee manual breastpump..I tried for quite a while then gave up..i can normally feel my milk starting to come out..but i just didnt get the feeling whilst doing it..it may have been that i pumped at the wrong time/too close to lo having a feed so hopefully i'll be ok..

I could try pumping some later..were leaving early friday morning..im just worried it will go off in the car..do you think itd be ok to leave it frozen to defrost in a cool bag? we'll be driving for about 5 hours but were not allowed to get into our apartment until 3pm so itd be in the cool bag from 7am-3pm..? not sure if itd stay cool long enough?



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 12:16 PM   7
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You can mix cow milk with EBM if your LO didnt get cow milk as a drink yet. It's fine to introduce cow milk as a drink at 11 months, but as it's not so easy to digest, it would be better if you mix it 50-50 with EBM



 
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It won't harm LO to give cows milk at 11 months, so I wouldn't worry hun if it comes to that.

Have you tried manually expressing? I always found I got much more out that way. Also, remember that milk can take some time to come out when you are pumping, so it may be that you needed longer to "let down"?

Is there any way you can pump/manually express over the next couple of days and freeze it? Then pack it in a cool box with ice packs and it should keep fine in the fridge at your dads for a day or two?
By manually do you mean expressing by hand without a pump? I didnt try it the other day but i have done in the past..ive got a tommee tippee manual breastpump..I tried for quite a while then gave up..i can normally feel my milk starting to come out..but i just didnt get the feeling whilst doing it..it may have been that i pumped at the wrong time/too close to lo having a feed so hopefully i'll be ok..

I could try pumping some later..were leaving early friday morning..im just worried it will go off in the car..do you think itd be ok to leave it frozen to defrost in a cool bag? we'll be driving for about 5 hours but were not allowed to get into our apartment until 3pm so itd be in the cool bag from 7am-3pm..? not sure if itd stay cool long enough?
Are you going to your dads before going to the apartment? Because you could pop it straight into the fridge and leave it there? If it's frozen though, and then kept in a good cool bag with plenty of ice packs, I think it will be kept cool enough. They say it can stay in a fridge up to three days don't they? I think it would keep cool enough as it was defrosting in the cool bag and then be fine to use the day after.

Yeah, I meant expressing by hand. I just sometimes found this easier than using the pump. Sometimes the pump worked fine, others it seemed to take an age. It's not the most attractive of things, sitting there squeezing milk from your boobs, but maybe worth a try!

Also, you could try expressing some Friday evening and during Saturday - and you should hopefully get enough to see LO through. Hope it goes well!



 
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Old Aug 10th, 2011, 18:14 PM   9
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I keep reading not to introduce it prior to 12 months as doing so could mildly damage their intestines. Again, I'm only repeating what I've read ... I'm a first-time mom, certainly no expert.

I wonder why you're having trouble w/your pump. Are all your parts in working order? Sometimes a replacement part is needed (like some sort of membrane) to keep suction up. Also make sure you're relaxed when you pump ... and think lots about your LO to stimulate the let-down reflex. Good luck



 
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Old Aug 11th, 2011, 03:26 AM   10
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I also cannot express anything now. When I go back to work in Sept, once my freezer stock is empty I will be giving my LO cows milk if he wants milk in the day. He'll be about 11 months when this is likely to happen.



 
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