This is actually my very first post here on LLL. I don't know why it took me so long to post on here. I guess because I didn't really have any issues breastfeeding my DD, thankfully it just came natural to both of us. She just turned 1 year old a few weeks ago and I am so over pumping at work. I don't mind breastfeeding, but pumping at work 3x a day really has taken away time from doing actual work and I've become really backed up on my work. So I'm ready to wean off the pump and wean altogether closely after that. I've read on how to go about it slowly to prevent engorgement. I've started giving my DD a small 2.5 oz bottle of cow's milk before nursing her to bed at night to get her use to the different milk. Luckily she's taken to it very well, so I don't know why I am stalling on this.
During the week my MIL watches her while I'm at work so I BF when I drop her off. She used to be a really picky eater but recently she's been eating solids fairly well. She gets oatmeal mixed w/fruit puree after her first bottle. Then gets her second bottle followed by about 3-4 oz of baby food for lunch and a third bottle around 4pm. I used to BF when I picked her up but have stopped that "snackie" feeding, unless she asks for it. So I've gone the "don't offer, don't refuse" route with that one. Should I ask my MIL to offer another solid snack after her 3rd bottle?
On the weekends, I BF her in the morning, followed by the same oatmeal and fruit puree meal. If we have waffles or pancakes for breakfast, I'll let her have some of that as well. I nurse her around 10 am to put her down for a nap. Give her about 3-4 oz of puree for lunch around 12:30/1 pm. Nurse her again around 4 pm. Dinner (6:30 pm) is again about 3-4 oz of puree (If we're having something she can have from our dinner, I'll give her bits of that as well.) Bed time (8:30 pm) is a 2.5 oz of cows milk and nurse her to sleep.
She usually doesn't fall asleep for naps or at bedtime without me nursing her on the weekends. She also wakes up at least once, (lately twice) a night to nurse. And my husband can't get her back to sleep when she wakes up at night, so I HAVE to nurse her back to sleep.
I guess I'm basically asking for a helping hand and words of encouragement to get this weaning process going and help me get through it. It feels like I have no idea what I'm doing and I'm a bit stressed about it. Thanks ladies.