I hope this is the right place to ask about my complex issues with working, pumping, and nursing.
DD is 10 mos, EBF. I work FT away from home. DD goes to daycare. I reliably produce about one ounce per hour. Up until about the last month, she nursed 8 times a day, spread out pretty evenly. She gets 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. bottles and I go to daycare to nurse at noon. She eats a small breakfast at home, lunch at daycare, and dinner of table foods with us. At 9 mos she had a nursing strike that coincided with a dip in supply around my period. It included a little biting. I hope to nurse her as long as possible. DD has ended her nursing strike for the most part, but she is SUPER distracted. I have tried all of the various techniques but she still pops off, often before she has the satisfaction of let-down. It is not usually practical to pump for let-down beforehand. Sometimes I will pump afterward if I think she didn't empty me.
I think she is trying to drop the noon feeding and I would like to know how to encourage her NOT to. The distracted feedings have I think led to a drop in supply for that feeding. Today I managed to get her to stay on until let-down, but she nursed less than five minutes before she fussed and when I tried to hand-express I got nothing. She was clearly still hungry.
So . . . I am thinking that I should try to drop my morning pump and keep the noon feeding. I usually pump at 10:30, which is 3 hours after our last morning feeding. I am thinking of pushing this pump time earlier and earlier until I phase it out.
The question is, will I kill my supply by doing this? Will I get more milk for her at lunch time, or will it just go down as I won't be emptying the breast as often? I do wish to pump wean at around a year. Originally I didn't think I would start until the one-yr mark, but she has been showing signs of being a less enthusiastic nurser since that nursing strike.
Another option is to take the little hand-pump to daycare and pump after I nurse her at noon to try to put in an order for more at noon. Or I could do both.
What do you think? Thank you!