My dd is 10 mos old (+ 1 week to be precise!) and I have been pumping in addition to breastfeeding due to poor milk removal and a host of other issues. I have gradually been getting less when I pump although I think some of that is positive because she nurses quite a bit. I am still in contact with our LC and will likely discuss this with her in the next few weeks but also wanted some ideas here. I typically pump 5 x days now like this:
4:30 a.m. pump twice 12 min apart and get 2-4 oz total
7:00 a.m. pump 1-1.5 oz
11:00 pump 1-1.5 oz
3 pm pump 1-1.5 oz
7 pm 1-1.5 oz
She nurses all night long and before/between every pump session except the 4:30-7 a.m. one (I run in the mornings between my 4:30 and 7 a.m. pump session). I guess I am wondering how worth while all this work is and if I'd be doing about as much good to just nurse her a few more times a day. At the same time I am worried about decreasing my supply since it used to be quite low. She does eat some solids, maybe 4-6 oz total a day, max.
I definitely plan to breastfeed her as long as she wants and I hope that is at least until she is two. But I also want to be done pumping around one year of age if I don't feel like that's too abrupt or tough on her. It has been so much work trying to breastfeed this girl. I love her more than anything in the world and it's so been worth it but I am also just tired and tired of pumping, tired of planning all of our outings around the pump schedule and just hope I'm not making unnecessary work for myself at this point.
Thanks for any ideas. I am just wondering if most moms have 1-1.5 oz in them at most times so it's not that she's not emptying me all that much, OR, if I quit pumping, will I then be making 6-8 oz less a day? Or what if I just pump 3-4 x day instead of 5?