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Supplementing BM with cow's milk??? Updated
May 10, 2013 at 11:12 AM

A little background before the question.... My son is 9 1/2 months old and I have EBF him. I only work on weekend mornings and am home around 12pm. I pump everyday to have a supply for the weekend and my boyfriend feeds him with a bottle. He will not drink formula, we have tried once or twice when my supply was a little low but that was months ago. He does eat three solid meals a day and will drink water from a sippy cup. I have only been able to pump once a day to get an adequate amount, usually if I try a second time I barely get half an ounce.

I usually can only pump enough to just get him through until I get home but I'm worried about this Sunday (Mother's Day). I am a prep cook/baker in a restaurant and Mother's Day is our busiest day of the year and I will be working longer than usual, probably until 3 or 4pm. I am wondering if we can add a litte whole cow's milk to each of his bottles to help extend the supply that I have pumped all week. Just to make this clear,I AM NOT TRYING TO WEAN HIM!!! I plan to BF until his first birthday. Should we try to add to the BM or should we just have him drink what I have pumped and give him an extra cup of water to help him get by until I get home??? I worry about giving him to much water in a day because I have read that to much water is not good for a baby. He usually has about 5ounces of water a day in a sippy cup. Any suggestions would be helpful.....

Thanks in advance!!!


UPDATE: Thank you all for the advice, it is very helpful! I have decided to not give him cow's milk now. I am just going to have his dad give him en extra solids meal/snack and give him his sippy cup of water later in the day. Then when I get home I will just nurse him extra! I would consider the goats milk or coconut milk but I have never seen it in stores around me.

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  • mrsniebo
    May 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I was under the impression that cow milk is not good for babies under age 1, so personally I wouldn't give it.

  • Radellia
    May 10, 2013 at 11:32 AM
    Maybe try to supplement with a different formula?
  • Whitney15
    May 10, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Cow's milk isn't even the best milk for kids above 1. It has been linked to iron deficiency. I supplemented with goat's milk, and now that my daughter is completely weaned, she is drinking goat's milk at meals. So is my 5 year old, and so are we. It actually tastes the same lol. 

  • jjchick75
    May 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    At that age send what you have pumped and the rest water and solid food and he'll make up for it when he gets home. This is called reverse cycling. I would NOT give cows milk at this age. 

  • pinkiebabii
    May 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM
    I started working a ten hour shift every Saturday when DS was 8 months. That day he ate solids only and I didn't pump for him.
    He is thirteen months and still nursing like a newborn except Saturdays when he only eats solids. I work from 4 pm until 2 am.

    He also never had a bottle. He reversed cycle Saturdays which is perfect.

    I would never try to encourage my son to drink formula! It is like cancer in a bottle. Just up his water and solid intake while at work.
  • pinkiebabii
    May 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM
    Almond milk or coconut milk is way better than cows milk. Cows milk is bad for you even after age one.
  • pinkiebabii
    May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM
    Btw, how much milk is he drinking? It's only supposed to be 1 Oz per hour so if you are gone six hours he gets six ounces, no more.
  • sahmw2010
    May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM
    Im sorry, cancer in a bottle? Huh?

    Quoting pinkiebabii:

    I started working a ten hour shift every Saturday when DS was 8 months. That day he ate solids only and I didn't pump for him.

    He is thirteen months and still nursing like a newborn except Saturdays when he only eats solids. I work from 4 pm until 2 am.



    He also never had a bottle. He reversed cycle Saturdays which is perfect.



    I would never try to encourage my son to drink formula! It is like cancer in a bottle. Just up his water and solid intake while at work.
  • sahmw2010
    May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM
    Ummm what/where is goats milk? Is it something u can pick up at the store?

    Quoting Whitney15:

    Cow's milk isn't even the best milk for kids above 1. It has been linked to iron deficiency. I supplemented with goat's milk, and now that my daughter is completely weaned, she is drinking goat's milk at meals. So is my 5 year old, and so are we. It actually tastes the same lol. 

  • Tckosdk.2012
    May 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Please take this question to the breastfeeding group. They are awesome & will help you :) A breastfed baby only needs 1oz per hour that your away from him. In between the bm bottles I would just give him water & purees. When you get home he will nurse like crazy to make up. No cows milk.

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