So remember when I was all, I’m grossed out at the thought of Sadie drinking cow’s milk? Right. Well, now I sure wish she would. I had my last pumping session last Friday. I had been considering it, and after 15 minutes of pumping, I had only a measly two ounces to show for it (yes, I do recognize that for some women, two ounces would be fantastic, but for me it was not). I used to feel really productive–in the most literal sense ever–in the Mother’s Room. So now Sadie only gets breastmilk straight from the source. That’s totally fine with me, as long as she’s still getting enough of what she needs, which I really don’t know how to tell. Her solids diet is pretty balanced, I believe. And she nurses twice in the morning, sometimes when I pick her up from daycare, and always at bedtime. In fact, she can now verbally request to nurse (“nuh nuh?”), and I almost always am able to nurse her within moments of her request (not, you know, in the checkout line, but once we get to the car or something). She likes drinking water, so I don’t think she’s at risk of becoming dehydrated.
But every time Sadie takes a sip from her sippy cup and it has milk in it, she pretty much just dribbles it out of her mouth. We’re on probably our third half-gallon of whole milk (I’ve tried both organic from the grocery store and locally-sourced milk). She’s not a fan at all of soy milk, either. I know there are other nut/grain milk options, but they just don’t have enough calcium or protein by comparison. And something tells me she’d reject those anyway. Homegirl accepts no substitutes, apparently.
So what’s a mom to do? Do I have to go back to pumping? Is it alright if she just has water all day at daycare? Should I just try cow’s milk every couple of weeks, once a month, once a year, to see if she’s changed her mind?