My DS is almost 13 months old. He is still, happily, nursing about 5 times in 24 hours when I am home, and about 3 or 4 times in 24 hours on the days I have to work (3 days a week I am gone for about 8 hours per day). Even when he was a little guy and I was not back at work he only nursed about 6 times in 24 hours--and his weight gain has been great-- so I must have a lot of fat in my milk! lolol
He began refusing drinking EBM from a bottle the days I am at work around 11 months- although it was still offered he would only take around 1.5 ounces from each bottle (two bottles per day). Sometimes under an ounce.
He loves cows milk, which we introduced a few weeks ago at 12 months, and that has not changed how often he nurses. We give him the cows milk in a straw cup, not a bottle.
So- can I quit pumping now since my little guy doesn't like the expressed stuff anymore-- or will that tank my supply and cause him to wean early? I don't want to encourage premature weaning....
But I am sick of pumping.....
I think you can stop pumping if you want! Do you still have a bunch of milk to use up?
Maybe offer the breastmilk in a sippy or straw cup?
And, you could mix cow milk & breastmilk, if you want to sneak it in.
Katie - Married to Mike 06/02/01, Mom to Sydney Anne born 11/21/09 and Alice Maeryn & Oliver Thomas born 04/24/13
I had the same concerns and decided to stop pumping about two weeks ago. Dd was 13 months. I'm only away from her for about 6 hours and had cut down to pumping only once a day at work. I decided to stop cold turkey because I was trying to get my period back (I don't think it worked...) and had a huge freezer stash that was just getting bigger. It hasn't seemed to affect my supply at all. I say go for it. I was uncomfortable and dd was very surprised during her nursing session right after work for three days, then my supply adjusted.
|Breast Pumps , Breastfeeding|