I have been pumping since I returned to work when DD was 4 months old. She is 8.5 months now and in a wonderful in-home daycare roughly 8:00-5:30.
Since starting solids (which she LOVES) at 6.5 months, DD has cut her milk consumption at daycare way down, often consuming no more than 5 oz while she is there. She has been congested a lot and also working on her first teeth and just isn't interested. She nurses in the morning, at pick up, after dinner, at bedtime, and usually at least twice overnight. She is growing fine, wets her diapers, and seems happy.
I am not terribly concerned about her refusing milk at DCP - her older brother was a passionate bottle hater / major reverse cycler who refused more than she did and is just fine now. But it does mean that I am pumping way more than she needs, and I'd love to scale back.
Right now I pump 3x at work, around 10:00, 12:30, and 3:00, and get an average of 13-16 oz total (by session: 6-7 oz, 3-4 oz, 3-5 oz). I have high lipase so my milk does not freeze well. I have to scald before freezing and have a lot in my freezer already. I still think it tastes weird and so don't trust my frozen milk much.
If I cut back to 2x at work am I likely to see a major supply drop? I'm thinking of moving towards dropping the lunchtime pump. But I hear a lot about the 9 month pump slump and am afraid of hurting my supply in a way that decreases our chances of nursing until at least 2.
With my first I pumped to 13 months and then bf at home only until 2 years 8 months (milk dried up in late pregnancy). Since he refused EBM entirely after 11 months, I had to toss a lot of frozen milk (local milk bank wouldn't take it since the newer stash was scalded milk and the older stuff from before I figured out the lipase issue was more than 6 months old even though it was in a deep freeze). I don't want to do that again.
Any mama who have cut back on pumping around the 8-9 month mark? Or should I just stick to 3x for longer? At what point can I safely cut back? I'd love to have my full lunch hour back ...