My son, is now almost 9 months, I´ve been back at work full time four months and handpump one side when he feeds first thing in the morning (6.30) for a bottle (3.5 oz) for the creche for after his afternoon solids. Until now I have been adding frozen milk for a second bottle but the creche tell me he now takes very little after his late morning/lunchtime solids so I could stop. I´ve reduced it to just over an ounce and find it hard (emotionally) to cut it altogether but will do so!
I then pump just after lunchtime (Medela, two sided) at work so I have milk for the freezer and the second bottle next day.
6.30 in the evening Robbie has cereal (buckwheat flakes) - we mixed it for quite a while with breastmilk only but that seemed to be too insubstantial to see him through the night (he started sleeping through at 3 months - I know I´m lucky). I then added a hypoallergenic formula and he began sleeping through again - except when he has colds, wakes with blocked nose and wants comfort. I guess he wakes and feeds one night in three.
My question is, how do others overcome the tiredness, carry on pumping and keep up the supply? I´m caught between wanting to let the supply diminish as it is doing (I guess by around 20% in the four months since I started working again), and not wanting to let go...
It´s hard to sort out what´s going on with the chronic tiredness, the desire to get back to ´normal´ energy and resilience levels, and the real ambivalence about reducing breastfeeding... I´d love to hear of others´ experiences, just to have some reference points. All the cohort of women in my pre-natal group have now stopped breastfeeding and I have one friend who is also continuing with a son the same age as mine, so we give each other support and suggestions when we get stuck - both knowing the real health benefits for our babies from carrying on.
Any comments and experiences would be really welcome,