My daugher is almost 10 months old, and I have been thinking about when to start the weaning process. I love breastfeeding and it took a lot of effort to get over my hurdles in the beginning, but also have many reasons for wanting to wean. One year was my goal, and I'm so happy and proud that I will get there!
I work FT, so it will be easy to start daytime weaning since it will just require dropping a pumping session during the day and on the weekends I can give her a bottle from my freezer stash. Lately there are times when I only pump 2 times rather than 3 during the work day due to meetings, etc. I used to be stressed about it, but now I realize I have some milk in my freezer and I always pump before bed to make up for it (and get ahead for my freezer stash). I'd rather wean from that pumping after my daytime pumpings since it is more inconvenient to pump at work.
I have a business trip when she will be 13.5 months old, and would rather not take my pump along. I cannot bring her on this trip (I have brought her before) and it might be a good natural time to finish the weaning process since I won't be home.
So I guess my questions are:
1. How often do you cut out a pumping and/or nursing session? I know to start with the least-needed one first, so I will start with my daytime pumpings. I have read a lot so I understand how to do it (delay it later and later, cut time shorter, etc.). Then after that I will cut out the a.m. and p.m. feedings. Do I cut one a week so theoretically it should take approx. 6 weeks?
2. How long does it take to feel comfortable? I had been thinking I want to be completely weaned by 13.5 months, but actually I would like to be comfortable by then so I don't have to worry about mastitis or plugged ducts on my trip (it will be busy and intense). Should I aim to be weaned by 12.5 months and have a month to pump for comfort, dry up, and manage the engorgement?
Thanks for any advice. I believe in child-led weaning in general and that there are benefits to nursing after 1 year, but have decided that I will not go that route for this child.