DD is 8.5 months and JUST started taking bottles regularly at daycare. She was going in for half days up until the beginning of this month and would more or less hold out until she saw me at lunch and after work. Now she's taking two 3-ounce bottles during her 7 hour stay at daycare. It doesn't sound like much but it's loads in my mind. She eats her solids pretty well now too. I've never been worried about her weight. She's a super chunk.
So, now that I've established a pumping routine and she's actually drinking it, when can I stop? I don't mind pumping. I don't find it that hard to pump the 6 oz she needs. I'd just rather not . My plan is pretty much to stop pumping after her first birthday. How do I go about this? I'm not worried about my supply regulating. It did when she wasn't really eating much all day (she made up for it at night, believe me). In fact, there was a month or two there where I wouldn't pump at all during my 6 hour workdays. I'm just a little stumped as to what she'll do at daycare when I stop sending bottles. This is probably a silly question. What do I send? Water? I guess I'm just so used to BFing that the notion that it will come to an end one day has be disoriented.
I stopped pumping for my son around 13mo, once he could tolerate cow's milk instead during the day. I still nursed morning and night until 20mo. To stop, you have to decrease the time pumping. 20 min, 15, 10, 5... you get the picture. Glad your daughter has finally caught on to the bottle
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I stopped pumping around 12 months for DS1. I decreased the amount of time for my second pumping session of the day, then eliminated it, then did the same for the first pumping of the day up until 12 months. I had enough of a freezer stash to start cutting out pumping time several weeks before he turned 1. Then i started sending a mix of breastmilk and cow's milk, changing the ratio to be more and more cow's milk until I ran out of my freezer stash.
If you don't plan on giving cow's milk, you could send water, juice, whatever you want and then nurse at home (if that is your plan). I kept nursing DS1 at home on my day's off but just stopped pumping and sending breast milk to daycare.
I had a very similar experience to Lauren. I stopped pumping around 13ish months (although I still did it occasionally at lunch until 15ish months). I just slowly started cutting out sessions. My morning session went first, then both morning and afternoon, and then recently lunch. I had a huge freezer stash so I could send that for her. I just recently ran out of my stash so I have nothing to send (she is now 16.5 months).
They give water and little amounts of juice at daycare. I am not against cows milk but my daughter doesn't care for it unless it is chocolate, which I only let her have sips of here and there if we have it. At home she nurses and drinks water. She eats lots of cheese and yogurt so I am not concerned that she doesn't like milk. My son never drank it until recently when he started liking choco milk (he is 3).
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Right now, I only pump once. Stopping pumping on my end will be easy. I'll probably be a little squirty for a few days but I'll be fine given how little I pump already. I'm just wondering how DD will handle it. I don't have a freezer stash because I can't freeze my milk (long story). I don't have a problem with her drinking cow's milk per se but I think I'd feel weird sending cow's milk (I'd send my own to make sure it's organic) when I can just send my breast milk, KWIM? I plan to let her nurse well past 1 year. It's comforting to know that other women have stopped pumping and continued BFing for many months. Maybe I'll feel better about this when she's closer to a year ... or maybe 18 months ... or maybe never. She just seems like a wee baby still!
So sorry I can't help you out here! I had to pump at least three times when I was at work or else I dried right up... it's so sad!
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I have the week before and the week of DS's first birthday off work so I will likely decrease my pumping sessions over those two weeks. I doubt work would approve me taking pumping breaks much after that anyway and it is difficult with the nature of my job to get three sessions a day in anyway.
I will probably jus have him have water mostly at daycare, maybe a little cows milk if he needs it, but will probably continue with yoghurts and cheeses for his dairy content more than milk.
DD still takes her EBM at about body temperature. She'll drink room temperature water and has had a few sips from my glass of one thing or another. However, she is pretty picky about temperature when it comes to her food. If I try to give her yogurt or applesauce straight from the fridge she balks until I've warmed it up. How do you get your kid to take cold milk?