Re: How do I know if baby is ready to be off BM?
Oh my goodness, you have done such a wonderful job! Making it to a few weeks of EP is a big accomplishment. Making it to a year, and then some, is an AMAZING accomplishment! And 28-30 oz of breastmilk per day is not a small amount by any means. Exclusively breastfed babies typically take only around 20-30 oz per day.
I think at this point, it's really up to you what you do WRT pumping. You've made it to the minimum recommended 1 year of breastfeeding, and plenty of moms wean completely at that point. And lots of working moms wean from the pump at that point, continuing to nurse only when they are with the baby. I think that if you want to wean completely, and just feed your LO solids and cow's milk, that's fine. But if you're not entirely ready to give up on pumping, or your child has a problem consuming cow's milk/other dairy- either she has an allergy to it or simply doesn't like it- then it makes sense to continue on. But even then you don't need to produce such a huge volume of milk- I think the RDA for dairy for toddlers is only 16 oz per day.
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