My baby is going to be in a few days! I have slowly pump weaned over the last month or so, still nursing at lunch time and relying on my frozen stash for bottles at daycare until we introduce cows milk this weekend. Until recently, she was given a morning bottle, I nurse at lunch, and then she got an afternoon bottle. Our plan at daycare starting next week is to offer her a sippy of cow's milk at morning snack time instead of a bottle, then I'll nurse at lunch, then afternoon bottle of frozen breast milk until the frozen breast milk runs out (in a couple of weeks probably) at which time she'll get a sippy of cow's milk and I'll continue to nurse at lunch. At least, that was the plan! But she's one step ahead it seems!
This week she started refusing to nurse at lunch time. Which means that I'm going the whole day without emptying my breasts, which has been slightly uncomfortable but OK. However, on Monday, she had just at a 4 oz bottle 1.5 hours before I came. So yesterday, Tuesday, I asked them to not offer a morning bottle and I just would come earlier to nurse. But she didn't want to nurse then either. (I don't know if she's just too busy??) And then she ate only a little lunch and drank a big bottle afterward. Today she refused again. Last Friday, I didn't come to nurse her because I was in meetings over lunch (I didn't pump but I picked her up early so it was alright). Then we nursed on demand over the weekend but I noticed she was a little less interested. I wonder if my supply has diminished to the point where she's not as interested in nursing? All week this week as she refuses to nurse at lunch time, she's been nursing a little more frequently at night (2-3 times instead of the usual 1), for whatever that's worth. Again, I'm worried that I don't have enough milk to make it worth her while to nurse during the day? Or am I just being irrationally insecure about my milk supply (it would not be the first time...)?
Does this all sound OK? I get nervous about not emptying my breasts often enough because I worry about my supply lowering to the point where she weans because it's not worth it anymore. I want her to wean because she doesn't need to nurse anymore and not because there isn't enough milk there to make it worth her while.
Am I doing OK? I would love our breastfeeding relationship to extend well into her 2nd year and beyond so I don't want to screw it up with this pump weaning process. Thanks