Are there any moms out there who mostly nursed but became EPing when baby was much older? My 9.5 month old LO has been on a nursing strike for 3 weeks now. I am trying trying trying to get her back to nursing, but I realize she may never return at this point though I'd like to give her BM until she is at least 1 years old.
How many times should I pump a day? Should I pump as many times as my LO had been nursing or should I pump 8-10 times a day? I'm not sure because I've seen both recommendations on-line for how much to pump if your LO goes on strike. Before the nursing strike, she was nursing 6-7 times a day when she was at home with me so since the strike, I've been pumping with a hospital grade rental 6-7 times a day. I've been getting 20-23 ounces a day though I'm sure I don't pump as much as she'd take if she nursed. This amount, along with some solids, seems to be enough for her. Is 8-10 times essential for me? If I don't pump 8-10 times, will my supply start to diminish? I guess I'm wondering how stable my supply is at this point, after nine months of nursing. How long does it take for me to see my supply start to suffer if it's going to diminish? If my supply dips at this point, would it be really hard to get it back? I wonder if I will have more flexibility after BFing for 9 months, versus if my LO was under 3 or 4 months and I was trying to build my supply.
We nursed until 3 months, when I started work and nursed at home but pumped at work and sent BM with her to daycare. We BFed exclusively until 6 months when we introduced solids. She's been striking when she was 8.75 months, since she got hand foot mouth and wheezing cough with ear infections at the same time. She has since recovered, but still refuses to nurse. She has never liked bottles so I've been feeding her milk by spoon at home, though I send with her 9-12 oz./day to DC and she grudgingly takes a few ounces but the amount she takes at DC varies every day.
Any advice would be appreciated. I've been EPing for 3 weeks, and I think pumping is hard work and I really admire the moms who do it!