My daughter will be turning 1 on September 6. We have had ups and downs in breastfeeding, and I have ended up BF her exclusively and enjoying it way more with her than my first. I am more emotionally attached to it this time. I am a teacher and have had the summer off so feeding has been easy. I go back to work in 2 weeks and my plan is to not pump anymore. I really want to have the flexibility at work during the day to be more productive and have the ability to leave my classroom! But, I am also worried that with cutting out those feedings my supply will go down enough to make my daughter not want to nurse (she's pretty fussy when supply is low) and it makes me sad to think that BF may be ending soon. I know women have success with nursing in morning/evening/night while working, but I just worry it won't work for me. I have considered continuing to pump, but I just really don't want to anymore. I guess I'm just looking for encouragement in this situation.
Also, I may have started weaning the feedings a little late (I just started this week) before returning to work, but I just wasn't ready, I'm not ready, really! She has taken a bottle for one feeding two days in a row, which is good. I would miss about 3 nursing times during the day with her, so I thought replacing one time with a bottle each week would be enough time to adjust. I guess it's a little late now to change anything if not, but does this sound like it would work? I have kind of been in denial about returning to work and choosing to do this.
This has not been as articulate as I wanted it to be, so I hope it makes sense to someone It's hard to figure out logistically what to do because I just nurse her on demand, and it's hard emotionally because I don't want this phase to end quite yet. Thanks for listening