We celebrated Lizzie's birthday last week and I'm very excited to be nursing a toddler (though she's not actually toddling yet.) I'll be back into my part-time music gigging next week and (after a summer of zero pumping) I'm not really sure how to leave milk for her. She is fine taking EBM from a sippy cup and I'm not planning on introducing cow's milk for quite a while. I don't mind pumping while I'm on the road, and I will be gone for 4-8 hours at a time only a couple times a week. The plan is to just leave whatever milk I'm able to pump for her and count on solids and water to fill in any gaps. What I'm not sure about is how I should have her caregiver (usually DH, but also MIL or an aunt) offer her milk. At her age, should she be allowed to just have her sippy of milk that she has free access to? Or should it be offered with a meal, or should DH sit and cuddle her while she drinks it like when she was a newborn?
I suppose I'm also a little concerned about her having enough. Most days she still doesn't eat much solid food. Each meal is really just a few bites for her (except last night, where she went carnivorous and gnawed a chicken leg all the way down to the bone ). Should I make the effort to get her 1-1.5 oz for each hour I'm gone like I used to, or should I just relax and pump whatever I can without worrying too much about the amount?