When should I decrease nursing sessions?
My DD is 8 1/2 months old now. For some time, she has nursed or had a bottle every two hours during the day (one three hour stretch in the evening) as that's the routine she got into while I was on maternity leave and we kind of stuck with it. She never really cries that she's hungry unless I forget to feed her (which I have on occasion) but I offer every 2 to 2 1/2 hours on average when I'm with her. She usually nurses 1x or 2x during the night, too. She has some solid food 2x a day, but doesn't seem interested enough in them for me to increase to a 3rd yet.
I pump 3x a day at work, as she has 3 bottles while I'm gone. I'd like to start decreasing my pumping at work, and am wondering at what point do I try to start stretching out the feedings? That schedule has worked well with her napping and solids routine, but I can't imagine every two hours is supposed to continue indefinitely. Did any of your babies kind of let you know they wanted to nurse less, or did you stretch them out at some point? I want to make sure she gets enough milk, especially since we're not much of a dairy household so I don't plan to give her cows milk much, if ever (occasional yogurt and cheese instead). I also want her to keep up with her napping (she falls asleep nicely for our sitter with her bottles).
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.