Re: Breastfeeding on alternate days for 10-month old...
I think that it's impossible to know whether or not skipping pumping on workdays would mean supply issues when you are with your baby. It depends very much on you as an individual, and on how your individual body reacts to having a lot of milk sitting in the breast for such an extended period. Some moms would have no problem, others would have a big problem. I think that the average mother probably would not be able to make the day off-day on thing work, for two reasons. First, I think that there's a good chance- not a gaurantee but a good chance- that there would be deleterious consequences for your supply. Second, I think there's every reason to expect that you would get engorged and uncomfortable before the end of the workday, and I think you would probably end up wanting very badly to get the milk out before you got home. You're essentially contemplating cold-turkey weaning for 1 day, and women who wean that way tend to end up very uncomfortable. Weaning works best when it happens slowly, giving the body a long time to adjust to decreased demand. Women who pump wean typically don't do it all at once, because they end up uncomfortable. They drop a single session or shorten up their sessions, wait a while, and then repeat the process.
I would take the pump to work. At 10 months you probably don't have to pump too much, like you would if you were pumping for a younger baby, but if you can pump at least one or two times a day I think you will be glad you did!
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