Well I made it a WHOLE year exclusively pumping since LO was 3 months old. She just decided she was done, and I was on and off these forums looking for advice to get her back to the breast but we just never succeeded in doing so. I was determined to continue with breast milk only though. I developed quite the relationship with my pump. That thing barely left my side and it went everywhere I went.
Here is my confession... I did cave and give her formula a few times. I never BOUGHT formula, it was just the four small 1 or 2 oz. bottles the hospital sent home. I felt guilty as can be, but I want to let other BF mommas out there that it really wasn't as awful as I imagined it would be giving her formula. My life has been an emotional rollercoaster this last year and I have had my fair share of rough times. When I was particularly stressed out for a week period, I did run out of stored milk and since LO wouldn't breastfeed I couldn't keep up with just pumping hence the reason for giving her those 4 samples. However, we made a strong rebound from that and I was able to continue EP for the rest of the time.
So tomorrow LO turns 1, and my plan was to BF for the first year. So now where do I go next? Her doctor's appointment is wednesday, so I will talk to the pedi about weaning off of BM. I do NOT want to give LO cow's milk, so I'll be seeing about using soy or coconut or whatever else is best. Any suggestions from anyone here?
Also, I am down to pumping 3-4 times a day, sometimes only twice, and I have a freezer full of milk. Do I just stop pumping gradually and use the stored milk instead? Should I still maybe continue to pump only once a day just so she can still have some of my milk for breakfast or something? As much as I am over pumping, I think I could handle doing it once a day. Would that be futile though? I have a decent milk supply going, but have never really felt "engorged" in these last few months, so I think weaning off the pump will be easy for me.
Thanks in advance, and thanks to everyone for all of the encouragement along the way!