We're at 16 months now and I returned to work at 6.6 months so I am now about 10 months of pumping. I sorta thought by now I'd be pump weaning but I still pump at 11 am and again around 2-3 pm. I nurse my LO in the am, before bed and 2-3 times during the night (hello reverse cycling!!) and she gets two bottles while I am away at work. She takes a bottle before her nap, she has just started to lose the 2nd nap but still takes it 50% of the time.
When we are together she nurses a lot, but just briefly - but I'd say as much as 10-12 times per day. I don't mind at all, I really enjoy the experience and nursing a toddler is really nice. Funny at times...and so cuddly and affectionate too. BUT goodness I hate pumping and lately my supply has really tapered off. I am lucky to get 6 oz with my two pumping sessions - this last few weeks have been around 5 oz.
So do I go to one session? I am really worried as my supply is really tapering off and maybe this is normal. My LO is well on solids and eats yoghurt and cheese, but I really didn't want to do cows milk. I just keep thinking for some reason its gotta be 100% mummy's milk and that's THE BEST option.
I know I can supplement, but there is this nagging feeling that I shouldn't that it's going to kill my supply or not be THE BEST for her. I was hoping to hear some of your experiences and when you knew it was OK to drop a session or pump wean altogether. I really want to BF my toddler for as long as she wants & needs it and even thinking of weaning or cutting back/supplementing breaks my heart. But pumping is wearing on me, lately I don't have a private place and have to use the washroom. I'd also love to have my lunch break back sometimes. Should I just wait until she goes to one nap and then pump once for that one bottle? Is this normal to be so worried about messing up my supply this late in the game?