I have an odd situation, and hopefully can find some insight and support here...
My 20 month old son, has suffered from eczema since approx 4 months old. I quit breastfeeding at 11 months or so, with fear that it was my milk (what I was eating) that was causing it. I stayed away from dairy, gluten, and a variety of irritants during breastfeeding.
So, around 12 months, he started doing more and more solids. We've eliminated gluten, tried goat milk, raw goat milk, almond milk, coconut milk (we currently combine almond/coconut for him), we use probiotics, coconut oil on his skin, have treated him with fungal creams, no more processed foods - I make everything, including bone broth, which is great for the gut and skin. We do green smoothies (spinach, banana, milk, etc...) to keep him alkaline. We even make our own juice, he's really never had juice from concentrate.
Long story short, we have tried everything! And while we have seen a 60-70% improvement, its scary because every time the eczema will being to go into "remission" (its never totally been gone), then it comes back WORSE than before.
I've read A LOT on vegan diets, and have even done raw vegan diet (raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds only) myself for periods of time, have done juice fasts, and eat very clean. So, I feel confident that my body/milk is at its highest quality right now.
I am NOT comfortable putting my toddler on a high raw vegan diet at this age, without the support of breastmilk, as it is so comprehensive in so many ways
I am not interested in putting him back to the breast, but would like to pump and give him 16-20oz a day to supplement him and see if that helps him once and for all.
I never had milk supply issues (he's my youngest of 3 children), and I can still express something from my nipples if I squeeze at them.
My 20 month old is otherwise happy, healthy (only been sick once in his life besides this eczema), and is one of the biggest kids in my "Mommy group" of about 100, that we've all known since we were pregnant. So, he's doing great.
Recommendations on pumps and any advice would be so helpful!
Thank you so much