My son is now 10 months old, and eats a lot of food, and I'm thinking about starting to cut back on the amount of milk I send to daycare (he would still be nursing plenty at night and on the weekends). I'm looking for suggestions on how to do this. Currently he gets 3 bottles of 4 ounces each on days when I don't come in, and 2 bottles of 4 ounces when I come in at lunch to feed him. I am thinking to reduce the amount that he gets in his last bottle of the day, and possibly eliminating it entirely, over the next month or so.
At around 12 months, I am thinking to introduce cow's milk, and possibly cut back even further (assuming no allergies to cow's milk). I would like to continue to give him some breastmilk during the day, but it's going to become harder, because starting in January (at exactly the same time he turns 12 months), I will be teaching two classes back to back for a total of about 4 hours with no break long enough to pump, plus an hour commuting time in the morning before class after which I won't be guaranteed to have time to pump between travel and when the class starts (if that makes any sense). The two classes back-to-back is only one day per week.Then I will have two other teaching days where I will only be teaching for an hour plus commuting time, then working from home the rest of the day. And two days working from home the whole day. It is REALLY inconvenient to carry both my pumping bag and my laptop bag to work with me on one bus and two trains, after dropping my son off at daycare, which is what I am doing now.
So one thing I am thinking is after 12 months to leave my pump at home, and pump once in the afternoon on the days when I am teaching a short time, not pump at all on the one day a week I teach a long time (or pump once immediately after I get home before picking up my son?), and pump once or twice on the days I'm working from home. Continue to breastfeed on demand on nights and weekends. Has anyone ever done an erratic pumping schedule like this? Am I going to get badly engorged? Alternatively, I could bring my pump with me on the one long-teaching day and pump before heading home, if that would help with a possible engorgement problem. Or should I not worry about that this late in the game? Or would it just decrease my supply too drastically and effect my weekend feeding? I've never gone more than 4 hours without pumping or feeding, so I honestly don't know what would happen. I had low milk supply early on, so I never really got engorged.
I guess I'm just looking for thoughts on this plan, and anything I haven't thought of? Also, how/when did others begin to decrease their pumping?