Re: Weaning from breast to bottle
DD was 8 months when I went back to work and will only take like 4 oz of breast milk while I'm gone (she prefers an open cup, but will work with a Nuby straw cup if needed). And it was HARD to get her to drink any breast milk during the day up until the last month.
I nursed her the same all the way up until I went back to work and we were fine. By that I mean I didn't get engorged (a little leaky the first few days and once when I didn't have time to pump during the day) and DD didn't starve bc she eats finger foods and drinks water/juice.
I pump once a day for about 10-15 minutes to get those 4 oz and that's it. I missed a day last week and didn't have any problems on either end.
On weekends we nurse as often as we want.
I think with an established supply and a baby that eats solids you don't need to work on a transition. You LO will be 11 months old? Right? I think you could nurse as usual up until you go. My DD prefers bm from the tap and doesn't miss not having any when I'm not around.
I'm Melissa, DD (01/12/2009) weaned at a little over 2 1/2 years