I'm in a quandry about whether to continue pumping or not and hope some folks here can give me some guidance.
DS is a bit over 16 months old. He nurses every night before bedtime and once during the night. If I'm home during the day (and always on weekends), I nurse before his two naps. I pump 1x per day at work - this was cut back from 2 about a month ago.
I don't intend to stop the pre-night or middle-of-the-night nursing any time soon and intend to let J self wean off that when he is ready. I might want to let DH put him down for a nap or two w/out me and my breasts from time to time, but don't have a PLAN to wean off that really either. On the whole, this isn't about wanting to wean - but I wouldn't mind giving up pumping if that would work.
So here are my questions: (1) will my body be ok with NOT pumping M-F during the day but still be OK with making milk evenings and nights and even days during the weekends? Will this be too confusing on my physiology and not work? I'm still - usually - able to pump 2-3 oz in my one session, though when I'm ovulating or menstruating that drops to 1-2. Our nanny insists that J drinks straight cow's milke better than mixed EBM/cow now so there is less of a need for me to provide EBM every day -- and I still do have some freezer supply.
(2) are there enough benefits in the appx 2x per day BF sessions for DS that I'm not failing him by having it at that level - i.e., him not getting EBM in his cups during the weekdays.
Anyone been through this or have any thoughts? thanks for any suggestions!