My daughter Olivia turned one on January 4th and I have been nursing/pumping exclusively for the first year. I have now decided to begin weaning her for a number of reasons (her seeming disinterest, convenience, desire to get pregnant), but would like to do so gradually. Her schedule is typically as follows:
5:30 am nursing
8:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm (pumping at work for 15 minute sessions)
6:30 pm nursing before Olivia's bed time
9:30 pm pumping before my bed time
Over the past two weeks, Olivia has been drinking very little of the (3) 5 oz. bottles I'm sending to school with her. (This also probably has something to do with her significant increase in finger foods as over the past few weeks she has moved to almost exclusively feeding herself at 3 meals and 2 snacks a day....from being fed baby food.) Sometimes she's only taking one or at a maxmium two, therefore, i've been freezing a bottle or two a day.
Over the past week I have decreased each pumping sessions to 10 minutes (from 15 minutes) and cut out the nighttime pumping session altogether in an attempt to slow down my supply a bit since it seems to be exceeding demand. Is this a bad idea? I don't want my supply to be depleted so quickly that I'm forced into weaning more quickly than I'd like. (We are also going to HI at the end of February which is a 10 hour flight from the East Coast and I'd like to aim to be mostly weaned by then.) HELP! Any advice is greatly appreciate!
P.S. - She doesn't seem to like whole milk...but maybe it's too premature to tell?