I have a 5-month old DD. We had a heckuva time establishing breastfeeding, and I pumped and bottle-fed after every feeding for the first three months. It was hands down the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life! Childbirth was nothing compared to that routine. However, it finally paid off, and now we are enjoying the fruits of our labor - a very happy nursing relationship. I am down to pumping twice a day - in the morning after nursing (because I have extra milk in the mornings), and in the evenings while DH gives her a bedtime bottle (I have less milk then, and it's their special time). This helps me build a freezer stash, too.
However, pumping and its related chores probably still take up 1.5 hours of my day, and I'm completely exhausted, burned out, totally over it. It's been five months! I've been considering giving it up, So far, I've only used my freezer stash once, when I had to travel for a couple of days (a one-time thing). But after our initial challenges, I'm very nervous about giving up that bit of control, and the ability to SEE - and prove to myself every day - that I do have milk, and she's getting enough to eat. It's hard to trust nature after months of measuring and logging every milliliter!
You other SAHMs out there - do you pump? Do you have - or feel like you need - a stash of milk in your freezer? Does it matter if supply is uneven over the course of the day? Will it be OK if I just stop monitoring and nurse on demand?