I have never had any success with pumping. I also suspect that my supply is dipping....he only wets 3-4 diapers a day and they are not very wet. He poops normally. He is getting 3 solid meals a day and sometimes snacks. He loves his solids!
I nurse him 3-4 times during the day and 3 -4 times at night. He wakes up every 3 hours or so. He seems to do his best nursing at bedtime and night.
I have been giving him a sippy of formula after dinner for a few weeks now to get him used to it. Other than that, I'm not sure what I should be doing to prepare him for daycare, when he won't be getting any breastmilk during the day. SHould I be doing less feedings during the day? More formula? He will not take a bottle at all but will drink from a sippy. Do I just wait until he is closer to a year and introduce cow's milk or goat's milk? Also, I currently nurse him down for all his naps. I don't know how he's going to nap at daycare.
Any advice would be appreciated
I'm watching this thread! I have to go back to work when my son is 10 months, too. He is currently 5 months, and I don't pump, he doesn't take a bottle, and I nurse him down for naps and bed. ACK. I don't really want to stop doing these things to "train" him out of it. Dilemma.
I feel your anxiety! I was there with you 12 months ago. I went back to work at 12 months too.
My DS was with a sitter from 12 - 18 months, then at day care. I respond well to the pump, so I pumped 3 x a day at work at first, and left sippy cups of milk for me DS. The sitter used to walk him int he stroller to nap, and the day care workers rocked him to sleep. Mama milk, even in a cup, before a nap seemed to help.
He drinks no dairy or soy (allergies) so when I slowly stopped pumping, and on Mondays when I had no milk pumped (I pumped and gave it the next day) he just got water. This was fine with him - he caught up after work and during the night. At 2 years old he still needs to nurse before we drive home from day care!
Are you able to hand express at all? If you aren't pumping I'd be a bit worried about engorgement at work. Hand expression will help to avoid this - even expressing just a bit of milk will probably help.
Yeah, no need to cut down at all - my DS just "rearranged" his nursing sessions so they happened when we were together!
Pumping in addition to nursing is quite different from pumping as a replacement for nursing. If you've only tried the former, you might have better luck pumping if you skip a nursing session. Do you have/can you borrow a pump? Can you take a day where you are away from your babe for 8 hours, and pump a couple of times, just to test it out? That way, you will have a much better idea of what your pumping output over a work day will look like.
Other than that, I'd just wait until you actually start working/daycare, and then see what shakes out. You don't know how he will respond until he's actually in that situation.