I have a 12-month-old who stays home with his papa (until a few months ago I was the at-home parent). I work a pretty casual schedule - my husband likes to joke that we have "half a job" between us. I'm away from my baby usually about 5 hours a day, often less, sometimes a bit more, usually four days a week. I pump while I'm away from him, but the milk is kind of an afterthought in his daytime diet right now. Overall, though, I would say that breastmilk is still a significant part of his nutrition - we cosleep, and he nurses at night, during the morning before I leave, during the afternoon and evening when I'm home, etc.
SO. Here is my question: how much longer do I need to tell my brain I have to keep up the pumping? If you pumped and breastfed your older baby, at what point did you feel comfortable dropping the daytime bottles of milk and just nursing him or her when you were around?
Just to be clear, I will pump as long as I need to! I don't like the pump much and my body doesn't like to let down for it. Overall I think my supply is great, but the pump, ech. So I'm looking for ways to tell myself there's an end to my relationship with the machine...