I took my LO to work until she was 12 MO. I started a new job when she was 15 MO and could not bring her. I was concerned about what would happen to our BF relationship, but it hasn't changed. I started off pumping twice a day in a 10 hour. Then started seeing her at lunch so I dropped a pumping session. I've actually gone a whole day without pumping (only feeding her at lunch) and only had fullness, no engorgement. I wondered about my supply, but I've continued to feed her in the am, at before bedtime and depending on what's going on with her at night. I also feed her on demand (she's very demanding ) on the weekend. She hasn't complained about supply. I imagine if I stopped pumping at work she would be fine, but I'm paranoid about supply and like to give her a couple of ounces in her oatmeal. She doesn't like cow's milk of EBM in a sippy cup so she just drinks water at night. I don't really see an end insight as far as the BFing. Hope this helps.
I went back to work when my lo was 14 mo. She had been nursing 3-4 times a day from about 11 mo. until then. I was really nervous about her going back as she had stopped using a bottle (refused it after 11 mo.) but wasn't drinking much from a sippy cup, yet. I decided not to give her any cow's milk - but keep nursing and offer water in a sippy. She still nurses 3-4 times a day and has a sippy with water at daycare and all meals. She eats a lot of fruit and yogurt - so now I don't worry at all about her calcium or liquid intake. Hope things work out for you! We don't co-sleep and we are still nursing at 16 mo. so it can be done!
Mommy to "C" - currently 3 and half years old
- nursed for one year
and mommy to "M" - currently 2 years old
- nursed for 23 months
Wife to my handsome DH for 5 and a half years!
Lots and lots of working moms who stopped pumping around when their LO turned 1 and continued to breastfeed!
I "pump weaned" when DS was 16 months and continued to breastfeed until he weaned at about 33 months.
I went back to work when my son was 14months old. I went from nursing him on demand to being away from him 9-10 hours a day. He wasn't interested in cow's milk and I wasn't interested in forcing him to drink it. So he didn't. When continued to nurse on demand while together and he drank water out of a sippy all day while away from me.
Don't assume you need to replace you pumped bottles with milk or that pump weaning will affect your nursing relationship. If you are nursing 3-5x in a 24hour period and your child is eating solids your milk doesn't need to be replaced. That is enough.
Also after a year you can safely trust your body to make enough milk. You will be able to pump wean and still nurse on demand. Lots of mothers report going away from thier child for entire weekends or longer after the year point and being able to simply pick up where they left off when they get home.
So pump wean gradually as you feel ready. Just drop like session at a time. Until you are done.
And don;t feel any pressure in regard to NEEDING your child to drink cow's milk. My son didn't really warm up to it until he was over two. I knew he was still getting enough breastmilk to be fine so I didn't worry. HTH!
Way too lazy for formula
I don't know why it never occured to me that my son didn't have to drink milk while we're apart if we were breastfeeding on demand when together. That's genius! Our last visit w/ the pediatrician we didn't talk much about weaning because neither her or I needed to talk about weaning at that point. So we haven't had the milk discussion yet. I'm interested to get her opinion at his 12 mo. Thanks for everyone's responses I'm feeling much more confident in the upcoming changes!
Proud mommy of 2 boys and a baby girl!
DS Owen, DOB 10/28/6, 6 lb 4oz, adopted from Guatemala, home forever 8/1/6 (we met him at 4w old! Mommy lived w/him in Guatemala from 5/28/6 till he came home!)
DS Ian, DOB 8/6/8 via C-sec., 9 lb! BF for 22 mo.
DD born via vbac 11/25/11!