My baby will be 1 year old in a few months. My supervisor is trying to arrange office spaces over the medium- and long term and has offered to give me priority for a private office so that I can pump at my desk but I need to give her an estimate of how long I'll need to pump. I understand that after a year, you can either replace breast milk with cow's milk during the day and/or just breastfeed on-demand several times over the evenings/weekends and there is no need to pump during the work day. Is this true, and can I rely on this transition taking place at exactly the one-year mark or will I need a few weeks/months after that point to slow down and stop pumping?
For what it is worth, my baby is almost 8 months old. Our current routine is roughly: nurse 6 am, nurse 8 am, pump/bottle at daycare 10:30 am, nurse 1 pm, pump/bottle at 3:30 pm, nurse 5:30 pm onward. I would continue to go nurse at lunch indefinitely after I stop pumping so when I give up pumping I will be giving up two pumping sessions and still nursing every 4-5 hours during the day. Not sure if this makes a difference with how quickly I can wean from the pump. So far she's doing well with solids but breastmilk is of course still her primary source of nutrition. I have a freezer stash but at her current rate of consumption I don't think it would get us through more than a couple of weeks.
I would love to hear your experiences from a logistical standpoint so I can plan my office situation for the next few months. Thanks.
ETA I just realized there are a few recent posts about basically this topic. Very helpful. I'd still be interested in hearing about anyone's experience though. I am imagining that what I might do is drop down to one pump session per day right around 1 year as we introduce cow's milk, but continue to send a bottle of EBM each day. And then maybe a couple of weeks later, drop the other pumping session? So maybe I should try to hang on to the private office until my baby is 13 mos old? Or longer? That is the real question I'm asking!