This is kind of a long post, so thanks for hanging in there.
Background: DD is 10 mos, very healthy and a good (albeit highly distracted) nurser. She is EBF, I WOH FT and pump bottles for DH/DCP. She is BLW and enjoying any and all foods with gusto. In a typical weekday, she receives 4 bottles (4 oz each) in a 10 hour period. Only eats solids at breakfast about 1/2 the time, always lunch, sometimes PM snack, usually snack/light dinner around 5pm with nursing at bedtime around 7pm (one night nursing which seems to be more out of comfort/habit than hunger).
I pump 3x/daily at work and have recently started having trouble getting those 4 bottles. I eat oatmeal, drink tons of water, take more milk plus, but can only really get 3 bottles worth. The fourth is coming out of a PM pump and frozen stash.
I am planning to pump 3x/daily until she's 1, at which point we are pump weaning (seriously, I am counting down the days). It's just the PM pump that I am frustrated with at this point. I try to do it before I go to bed, but I have to make sure it's long enough after DD's bedtime nursing, so I find myself staying up later than I want to, just so I can pump... and even then I have to supplement with frozen. It just feels like I'm fighting a losing battle!
I have a rotating frozen stash that I use for Monday bottles and the occasional top-off. If the 4th bottle was strictly from frozen, I estimate I have 3 weeks worth before my frozen stash is gone.
WWYD? I would really, really love to drop the PM pump but that's only going to be a solution until she's approx 11 mos. I figure the options are:
1. suck it up and keep the PM pump. Buy more chocolate and maybe finally get around to watching the Twilight movies as consolation
2. Use frozen for 4th bottle as long as possible, then switch to 3 bottles bm + 1 bottle formula... for all of 1 month. Then transition her to wcm.
3. Use frozen for 4th bottle as long as possible, then switch to 3 bottles bm + 1 bottle wcm. Hold this pattern AT LEAST until she's 1 (probably a little longer?)
4. Switch 4th bottle to formula NOW, and keep 3 bottles bm + 1 bottle formula until 1 year. Then phase out the formula bottle first.
I guess the 5th option would be to take path #2/3 and hope that she drops another bottle within a month, in which case I can - hopefully - maintain the 3-bottles-per-day routine for a little while longer.
Would 3-4 oz of wcm seriously be detrimental at 11 mos? I hate to switch to formula. She takes other dairy products (cheese, yogurt) without any problems (allergies, etc).
What are your thoughts? Is this worth a trip/phone call to the pedi? She's healthy otherwise, so no other reason for a doctor's visit until 12 mos. Thanks for any thoughts or advice!!!!