I have 13-month-old twins and I work part-time (5 hours/day, 4 days/wk). My kids are in a wonderful daycare on the campus where I work.
I plan to nurse until they wean naturally, and they are showing no signs of slowing down. My DD is not a big fan of solid foods, though she will eat enough to tide her over when she's hungry. Pumping has gone well, and I've been lucky enough to never have to supplement with formula.
I had planned to phase the pumping out around 15 months or so, somewhere around now. But I am now pumping only one time per day, and when I missed that session one day last week, I got a plugged duct. How am I going to *not* pump? I was hoping to have more flexibility after a year.
I'm also confused about bottles. We are continuing to do EBM in bottles, but if we someday start doing cow's milk, do we put it in a sippy cup? Seems like taking away TWO comfort sources at once! People seem so obsessive about getting rid of the bottle by one year old, but I'm thinking that might be more for bottlefed kids. My kids are not in any danger of becoming attached to the bottle. Shoot, they don't even get attached to blankets or toys. It's mama for them!
Though maybe that changes later, I don't know...
What do other attached, extended nursing mamas do in terms of pumping and bottles? EN is easy because you just keep going till they're ready, but nothing I've read has really helped me figure out how to be a *working* EN mama (Mothering Your Nursing Toddler was great except for the "guilt section," lol!). I'm not really worried about my kids starving or anything, I'm just trying to figure out how to relax the pumping "regimen" and gently usher them into toddlerhood at school.
Thanks in advance!