Check my plan?
So, a couple of things:
- DS is a year old this week. LOVES solid food. Eats like a linebacker.
- He still nurses, but it's much less frequent and, honestly, he doesn't seem that attached to it. When he does nurse, he's good for about five minutes and then he's sitting up and raring to go do something else. The important sessions are morning and bed time, and honestly, I think I'm more attached to those than he is!
- I'm starting a new job in two weeks. I'd dearly like to pump wean.
So I'd like to start slowly supplementing the BM that I'm sending to daycare with other milk. I've already done this a couple of times when my milk output was low, so I supplemented the missing couple of ounces with coconut milk (DS is finally getting over his dairy allergy, and so we've been avoiding cow's milk but I think he can have it now).
Is this how other's have done it? Right now I'm pumping three times during the work day, then once before bed, and until this week I was also getting up at 3am. Over the last week I've been dropping the 3am session, but I still have that panicky feeling when I put his bottles together and they don't add up to what I would normally send. But...he's a year old now, so that's okay, right? I mean, now is the perfect time to start adding in a bit of cow's milk and slowly reducing my pumping, replacing what I'm not pumping with cow's milk, until it's all cow's milk I'm sending. Does that sound right?
I would love to be fully pump weaned ASAP, but I know that realistically I probably will still have to have at least one pumping session, probably on my lunch break, for a little while at the start of the new job, until I can get used to dropping that session.
It feels so weird to be thinking of sending less BM to day care...I've been panicking so long about not making enough, and now I guess that's okay at his age. How do you get used to this? DS is definitely more ready to wean, or will be, sooner than I am!
First-time mom to Markus, August 17, 2011.