Re: So we're now a year...
I'm so glad I found this thread as I've been wondering the same things as the poster. I've got a few questions in here, amidst a few rambling thoughts about how I'm going to try this whole pump weaning thing. I could use some advice.
DS is just past 11 months. Ever since he started daycare at 5 months I've struggled to make enough milk (and done all the things you're supposed to do to increase supply). For months I've been getting up every day, 7 days a week, at 3am to pump for 30 minutes, because it's the only time I can reliably get about 5 ounces, and without that pump session I won't have enough milk for his daycare bottles that day. I haven't had a freezer stash since he was 2 months old because I can't pump enough to make one.
So yeah, I LOVE LOVE LOVE nursing my guy, but I am READY to ditch the pump.
I'm thinking that now maybe I can gradually pump wean. He eats like a champ -- he LOVES solid food. He's had the typical infant dairy allergy all his life and we're currently trying to test it out (yogurt this weekend) to see if he's getting over it so that we can introduce cow's milk. If he still reacts poorly to cow's milk, what's a good substitute? I imagine that cow's milk is used so he gets the full fat, but I can't think of a non-dairy milk that has the same kind of fat content in it.
My low supply has dwindled even further lately, despite keeping my 6-times-a-day pump schedule. I'm not sure why. My suspicion is that it's because DS doesn't seem to nurse as long now when he's nursing (it's a quick 5 minutes now each side as opposed to the 15 minutes or more that it used to be), and he doesn't always want to nurse right when we get home -- if dinner is ready, he's totally fine with just eating his solid food dinner (although some nights halfway through he starts to cue for nursing if he's particularly fussy).
Normally I'm stressing out about not having enough milk for his daycare bottles by the end of the week (the weekend usually gets me ahead by a few ounces), and some weeks I just eat a day off from work and keep him home with me to nurse so I don't have to fill bottles (and get the extra boost I need from that night's pumping), and sometimes I try to pump an extra ounce or two before going to daycare.
I'm thinking that at this point, maybe I don't need to do that, and I can start sending one bottle of cow's milk (or whatever we start using) to day care in place of a BM bottle. What do you all think? I think he still likes his bottles at daycare, they're usually a good way to get him to take his nap, so I don't think he's ready to ditch them completely. But the daycare ladies did say that he's such a good eater that they're not concerned when I've had to send him with bottles that have a couple less ounces in them than usual.
Sorry this was so long.
First-time mom to Markus, August 17, 2011.