I have a nine-month old and was planning on weaning at 13 months (she was born a month early, so I want her to have the full year of breastfeeding from when she was supposed to be born!).
I travel for work on a regular basis - one trip every three or four weeks - and each trip lasts four days. I pump on the trips and this has worked fine for us since she was three months old (except the clogged ducts and two bouts of mastitis for me...). The milk that I pump on my trips comes home with me and is what my husband and our baby-sitter use to feed my daughter the next time I travel. Luckily, she has always easily adjusted to having the breast back when I get home.
What I'm wondering is when it comes time to wean - do I need to have her totally weaned before a trip if I don't want to pump for those four days? Or could I still be doing just 1-2 feedings a day and not need to pump on my trip? From what I've read, I might still have milk when I came home so we could continue breastfeeding.
My main reason for wanting to wean is the logistical difficulties related to pumping and transporting the milk. But, I'd love to breastfeed her longer if I could, provided I would no longer need to pump on my work trips. Does anyone out there have any thoughts or advice on whether I could go for four days without pumping but then continue to breastfeed her for 1-2 feedings a day? Or would that be too much stress on my breasts, so to speak, and lead to clogged ducts or discomfort for me on my trips?
Thanks for your help,