Hi! I have an 8.5 month old daughter who will not drink expressed milk, eats very few solids, but LOVES to nurse. Here's the backstory...
I work in a school and am gone for 8 hours per day. I returned to work when she was 12 weeks old but she transitioned well to the bottle (breast milk only). Then, I was home for 2 months (starting when she was 6 months old) on summer vacation. She was exclusively nursed, but we introduced solids and a sippy cup at 7 months. On the two ocassions that I had to go to work, she refused the bottle and cup.
Now, I have been back to work for three weeks and she is refusing all expressed milk. She is offered puree or mashed fruit once per day and will eat maybe 1-2 teaspoons, which I know is okay. We cannot do BLW due to a narrow passageway, but we allow her to self-feed.
When I come home, she is definitely hungry. My mother reports that she is happy and her usual self all day without eating, Her wet diapers have slightly decreased and she has almost always been a once every 7-12 day pooper. Growth seems fine, but haven't had a check-up since 6 months. Everything seems fine but I have two questions:
1. Should I test for excess lipase?
She will drink a few droplets from the cup, then push it away. She doesn't seem to have a bad taste from it, but I don't know the signs.
2. Should I pump wean?
I hope to breastfeed until she self-weans. She currently nurses on demand and we co-sleep. She usually nurses twice between 330 and 7pm, then 2-4 times during the night (hard to remember!), then at least a little before I leave at 730am.
I used to pump 2-3 times at work before summer. Now I pump once midday to relieve myself and know she has it. I end up filling her cup and dumping it and it upsets me. I have to make time to pump, I've been walked in on twice despite locking my office (admin will unlock it to find me). And I hate the shuffle of cleaning, packing, storing, dumping, freezing, I want to continue to nurse as long as possible, but is the daily pump session necessary?
Thanks for reading!