Re: Preparing baby for pump weaning
djs.mom is exactly right. I would, at this point, start offering 2-3 meals a day and snacks. If you want to prepare him for no more bottles, then that routine will need to be replaced with a different meal. Keep the meals healthy as you can - lots of veggies and fruits, no processed foods. That will ensure that he is still getting a nutritional meal in place of breastmilk.
I completely get how you feel about the pump. I love to breastfeed and loathe the pump. Don't start thinking about it just yet - that is the easiest way to keep from being to eager to stop pumping. Your baby will slow down on breastmilk. THe fact that he would skip his last bottle may be an indicator that he is slacking off and with an increase in solids that will happen naturally.
My own experience is that my first just stopped asking the sitter for bottles around 12-13 months. I pump weaned around 13.5 months and it took about 2-3 weeks. We still had freezer milk and he wasn't interested in a bottle at all. I added it to a sippy or oatmeal. DS1 was big into solids, so giving him more regular meals was not difficult - he just ate meals with everyone else.
I am at the year mark on the 13th with DS2. He has started scaling back on bottles for about 2-3 weeks now (he has never really been a fan of bottles - only eating a lot of times out of need- sometimes holding out for it straight from the tap). He loves solids and since he has a 3 yr old brother just follows his schedule most times. My plan this time is to pump until he is skipping a bottle, then I will drop a session. Basically follow his lead and only pump if he takes a bottle. If he gets down to 1 bottle a day I will stop pumping since we have some freezer stash to use up.
You have made it this far... a couple more months will fly by. Great job - being a pumping momma is demanding and kudos to all women who go the extra mile for their kiddos!
FT working momma to a 9/11/10 busy boy and 11/13/12 happy little man.
Also wife to hubs since 8/23/08, bonus momma to H (girl) -99 and G (boy)-03