Reverse cycling..but what about the accumulated expressed breastmilk?

by Ris Que

I am still breastfeeding my 13 month old daughter. But lately for the last couple of months, her milk intake during the day i.e when I am at work, is very low. She basically refuses to take it (it's expressed breast milk, by the way)! When I come home from work, the first thing she does is sign milk so I breastfeed her once I get home. And it would be frequent feeding after that, every 15 to 20mins or so, while she plays. She still wakes up 2 to 3 times at night for feeds.

Don't get me wrong, I love doing it and am very happy she still wants to breastfeed but I am worried about her milk intake. She eats solids and takes water just fine though. But she is still a child and needs milk to grow!

We've tried giving it in a cup but haven't had much success with that. We've tried adding the expressed milk in her food and that helps a bit. I have accumulated my milk in the freezer and so far, it hasn't gone beyond the 'expiry date'. I'd hate to see this white gold go to waste..

Somebody suggested that I try giving her formula milk during the daytime but continue breastfeeding when I am not working / after work. This is probably being selfish on my part but why should I give her something else when I know I can give her the best stuff??

I know this is reverse cycling but not even wanting the same milk during daytime - is that really normal?

I am a first time mom so any tips and advice would be great! :)


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Dec 06, 2010
Hi Ris
by: Anonymous


Congrats on breastfeeding for so long already!

It seems like your little girl is drinking mostly for the comfort and closeness that she finds when she is near you...because she doesn't see you during the day. This is normal, many babies start doing this when mom works and they often take in all the milk they need during those few hours that they do breastfeed.

You don't need to worry about her milk intake, once baby is over 12 months and eating well you can start giving her whole cow milk during the day, but I don't think it's necessary to give formula.

Have you tried making breast milk lollies? They are called is a great link on how to make them

Also have you thought of donating your extra breast milk? There are many moms out there who cannot produce their own breast milk! You could be helping another baby, which is really awesome.

Good luck! ;-)

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