Well, I have breastfed my baby boy for 11 1/2 months! I could not have made it this far without La Leche League! Thank you!
In June, I resigned from my previous job so that I could start a new career in teaching. Baby boy has been out of daycare and with me ever since. I am starting my new job in August and we are putting BB back in daycare around mid-August. I have a lot of concerns:
We are hitting the 12-month mark soon, so I am trying to figure out how to transition from BF to whole milk. He is not nursing as much anymore--we might get 3 to 4 nursing sessions during the day. But he definitely depends on the night nursings and the nursings when he first wakes up. So I've been thinking of transitioning to whole milk feedings during the day, and continuing to give him the early morning/night nursings. I've thought about weaning him by this time, but I think he really needs those two nursings, especially because I'm starting a new job, new routine, and he will be back in daycare. How does one transition from breastmilk to whole milk smoothly? What are your thoughts about hitting the 12-month mark and still nursing? (I know I'm going to get some criticism for this from my family, but oh well!)
Which brings me to my next concern: when I do start working, I really don't want to have to pump at work. This will increase my milk supply, when it has already dropped, and I'm at the point where I do not want to pump anymore. Since my supply is already low, I wanted to ask you all, how do I maintain my milk supply so that I only do the two feedings (early morning and night) without having to wean him completely? I had mastitis back when he was three months-old and I'm a little terrified of getting it again if I don't pump at work.
Your words of wisdom are greatly appreciated!