Pumping past 1 year
I need some advice about breastfeeding and pumping past one year. DS#2 is 10 1/2 months, and I work 1 or 2 - 12 hour shifts per week. He is nursing 5-7 during the day, eating decent amount of solids including some cheese and yogurt, loves water, and takes bottles of EBM about every 4 hours while I'm working. I plan to let him wean himself, as I did with DS#1 (weaned at 33 months!)
My question is this: Since I'm only able to pump 1 or 2 times in a 12 hour shift now (I'm a nurse on a busy ICU unit), I can barely pump enough to replace what he's drank while I'm gone. To be honest, I am nervous about continuing to pump after 1 year also, not sure if it's allowed or my director will be supportive? I don't want to give my son cow's milk as DS#1 had severe allergy. DS#2 was sensitive for a while to cow's milk in my diet, but that seems to have subsided somewhat as he now loves cheese and I am eating plenty of dairy. I'm not sure how to handle this especially since I have to work such a long shift. I am afraid that I may end up with mastitis if I'm not able to pump in that time that I'm working and I'll be forced with the decision to wean earlier than I'd hoped to.
Any advice? I greatly appreciate it!
SAHM to Ethan 7/22/2005
married to my best friend Matt since 2/12/2000