Instead of breastfeeding them at eleven o'clock this morning, I gave Sophie and Michael sippy cups of half breastmilk, half whole cow's milk. I sat beside them, touched their faces, said what a good job they were doing, and we all did well.
Even with some routines in place, today's attempt didn't go perfectly. When I'm at work, Michael and Sophie get warm breastmilk in bottles while resting in Boppys. They've also become experts at drinking water from sippy cups with snacks, and they've had a little bit of breastmilk from them. So today I put Michael and Sophie in the Boppys that they're used to feeding in, but the cold temperature of the drink, the sippy cups for this purpose, and the cow's milk were all changes for them. Sophie did really well, but Michael only drank about one of the six ounces before handing the sippy to me and climbing in my lap. After offering it to him a few more times unsuccessfully, I put the milk in a bottle instead, and he did great. However, when Sophie saw the bottle, she wanted one too. It looks like we'll have to take this in phases. Maybe by Friday they'll be drinking just whole cow's milk from sippy cups. We'll see.
There are three more feedings to drop, and we'll play it by ear a bit as to how quickly we'll go through his process.I'm looking forward to the relief this transition will bring, but I'm also glad that this will not be an overnight event.