My DS is 15.5 months old. I've been pumping since he was 1 month old.
DS has been getting EBM at day care and now preschool since he was 3 months old.
At his preschool - he gets EBM in sippy cups ... on a good day he might drink about 3 or 4 oz of EBM.
Even though DS isn't taking much EBM at preschool, I've been reluctant to stop sending in EBM because my DS is also allergic to all dairy (and several other things) and is so small he's barely on the charts (yeah - I know the charts are silly, just some context for how small he is).
In my mind - that EBM has been a nutritional "safety net" for DS. But the reality is that the 3 or 4 oz he drinks really isn't much.
We've been working with a pro-BF dietitian who works with kids with food allergies. She hasn't given us full recommendations yet - but at our first meeting did give me "permission" to stop pumping and stop sending EBM with DS to preschool.
I thought I'd be elated to finally be able to "hang up the horns". But instead I find myself totally conflicted. Pumping is a chore - but honestly not so horrible. I've really liked being able to provide EBM for DS and have that as an important part of his nutrition. We've never supplemented and made it through some stressful dips in my supply.
So maybe part of me is feeling like I'm letting DS down if I stop sending EBM with him to preschool? The reality is that he's nursing alot but not getting much nutrition from EBM and might actually drink more if he gets soy milk when I'm away. And I guess part of me worries that the switch to soy milk will be a disaster but once I stop pumping I won't be able to start again. What if DS needs that EBM and I stop pumping and can no longer pump in the future?
I never thought that stopping pumping would cause me so much internal conflict! Help???
More background HERE and HERE.
ETA: I'm currently pumping just once a day, and pumping just enough for EBM to send with DS the next day.