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Okay, 'nother question.<br><br>
How many of you are EBF and working? My more specific question is, once you passed the 12-month point, did you continue pumping? What did it look like as far as...how many solids did you dc eat, how much ebm, etc.? I want to EBF, I hate pumping, but I will continue if that's what it takes. I am getting worried because I'm just now beginning to pump slightly less than she takes. I guess I'm afraid that I won't be able to keep up. Last question, at what point did you decide to quit pumping? What was the rationale behind your decision?<br><br>
I hope this is clear...Really I just want an idea of what it looks like after a year.<br><br>
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I continued pumping till dd was about 18 months old. I stopped because I was producing only about 5 oz in 2-3 pumping sessions. it simply did not make sense to continue. Dd is still nursing (at 28 months) several times per day, incidentally.
 

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Oh, also, dd was eating solids well by about 12 months. Didn't drink cow's milk, however (and still does not, for the most part).
 

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I too pumped until about 18 months. I was only pumping 5-6 ounces in two daily sessions, and interestingly, dd was not interested in drinking it most days. 20 mo dd prefers water (and diluted juice sometimes) when away from me. She also occasionally will drink berry soy milk. I nurse her twice in the morning, immediately upon getting home (or sometimes even at daycare) and then throughout the evening and night. On the weekends and days away from work she also snacks on mommy's milk during the day.<br><br>
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I read somewhere to hold off on cow's milk until older if your child has difficulties with anemia. Dd is borderline, so we do lots of iron rich foods, but I also wanted to hold off on cow's milk for longer than the "traditional" 12 months.<br><br>
Dd is 10 1/2 months old now and I pump 10-12 oz a day. She takes 12-14, but what I pump on the weekend keeps us covered for the week. Once upon a time I actually pumped 18-20oz a day! The dcp she stays with has all attached mommas (can you believe it!). She was saying that they vary in how much they drink. One little boy just takes 5oz a day, the other took 10oz for a while, but is now taking somewhat less.<br><br>
Right now I have dcp give the bottle first then solids (dd had such a great affinity for solids I was afraid she would wean before 12 months even!), which worked. How did you handle solids and ebm before and after 12 months? I was thinking of switching when she was 12 months so that she ate her solids first. Dcp tried it on one day just to see what would happen and she automatically took 2-3 oz less in one feeding (her 8oz feeding). So, I definitely did not want to do that before 12 months.<br><br>
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I just posted a similar thread. DD will be 18 months when I go back to work full time and I'm not planning on pumping. I have two months before I start FT to adjust us to it, and I'll be coming home at lunch to nurse at first. I'm hoping eventually I will be able to leave her all day w/out nursing. My only fear is that my milk supply might be affected, but DD is still an avid nightnurser, and I think my breasts will adjust without drying up. I'll monitor the situation and pump if I have to!
 

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I pumped for a year and then stopped. Ds was on solids but would take bm and ebm whenever it was available. WE bf'd for 30mos total. After I stopped pumping, ds bf'd in the morning , had ebf at dcp 2-3 times in 10 hours. Then we'd bf again when we got home and again before bed and again if he woke up in the night. As he got older it was a comfort and sleep thing. This seemed to work well for us. As he got older we did use soy formula in addition to ebf and when he drank from a cup after 12 mos it was enriched soy milk--dairy gives him excema and diarreah(ick!!)<br>
As far as my supply being affected, it wasn't. When I stopped pumping, I hadn't gotten engorged or even full feeling in months.<br>
on weekends, even if ds needed bm during my working hours, there was plenty for him. Our babies and our bodies were made to work together and they ususally do.<br>
By the way I stopped pumping because I needed the break for myself during the day. I figured I could be a more alert mama at the end of the work day if I had a bit of time to myself during the day. Dd at that time was having 3 meals and 2 snacks per day at that point. Some days the snacks were solids,and some days they were breast milk--depending on what was available at the time.<br>
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dd is almost 14 months and I just stopped pumping at work last month. I only work 5 hours a day though.<br>
I now nurse her in the a.m. anytime between 4-6:30, we leave the house at 7 and my MIL feeds dd breakfast at 7:45 after I've dropped her off. Dd eats lunch there also around 11:30 or 12:00 and then I pick her up and nurse her to sleep for naptime (2-3 p.m.)<br>
Dd eats solids 4 times a day now and nurses 3-4 times a day as well. I was soooo excited to stop pumping. Plus, now I don't have to deal with any of the "how long do you plan to breastfeed?" questions.<br><br>
The way the pumping ended came really naturally. My MIL told me that she was having a hard time getting dd to drink the second bottle... so we did away with it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Dd didn't miss it at all. She also doesn't get any cow's milk either yet. She eats yogurt and cheese but the milk makes her gassy. She does get some soymilk in cereal sometimes. Good luck!!
 

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Piglet,<br>
This is OT but how are you feeling about working FT? I've seen lots of your posts and think our dd are the same age so I like to read what's going on with you.
 

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I pumped at work from the time I returned to work at 13 weeks until my ds was 10 and 1/2 months. From 10 and 1/2 months until 12 months I pumped about once a day during the day on the days I was home, but not at work. I also nursed at lunchtime on the days I worked. From 12-15 months I used my frozen EBM and nursed during my lunch. At about 15 months quit coming at lunch and I ran out of EBM. At that point I knew cow's milk agreed with ds and I started to leave it at daycare. We both did fine and never felt uncomfortable. DS still nurse some although he has slowed down recently (he actually feel asleep at bedtime on his own last night). I never had a time I felt like I didn't have enough milk although I know my supply is lower than it used to be.
 

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My son started refusing bottles at around 10 months, so I stopped pumping shortly thereafter. He's now over 2 and nurses mostly just before bed, at around 5am, and then when he wakes up. Sometimes the 5am and wake up time are the same, unfortunately.<br><br>
Lots of toddlers, even with SAHM's, have a 2x/day nursing habit, and your body will adjust to his schedule. I've even been on 3 out of town business trips (2 overnights), and I've hand expressed at night and in the morning, and my supply has been just fine. I have also known working/nursing moms who have nursed only on the weekends and they've had no problems.<br><br>
I think that milk supply is not a very fragile thing, as that wouldn't be very evolutionarily sound. I don't think that milk dries up at the drop of a hat. Rather, I suspect that our bodies are made to adjust to a gradual weaning process, and if your toddler only nurses right before bed every night, your body will produce that milk.<br><br>
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Went back at 10 1/2 months... never pumped... still bf'ing at 3. The body does adjust. I just knew I wasn't the pumping type... I never could have stuck with it. I was really worried about the whole transition... had initially planned on going in a couple of times to nurse, but ds never missed a beat.<br><br>
I also never "replaced" bm with some other type of milk or formula. I really think that's more of a mental thing for a lot of us than an actual physical necessity.
 

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I am still bfing and ds is almost 30 months. I work full time. Pumped for a long while at work but now can't remember exactly when I stopped. I think around a year. At first I thought I would burst but it took just a few days for it to be comfortable.<br><br>
I now bf early in the a.m. when ds wakes, around 6, and first thing when I get home from work, around 6 p.m. and usually sometime before bed. On weekends anywhere from several times a day to a few. Usually nurse him as he goes down for a nap. I don't think he's getting much milk now but he sure likes to so he must be getting some.<br><br>
I can tell you that people made it sound as though bfing and working full time would be very difficult to do but I have found it not nearly so hard as I was led to believe. It was nice to leave pumping behind though.
 

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my dd went into a reverse cycle nursing pattern when I went back to ft work at about 5 mo. we never could get her to take more than an ounce or two of bottled bm during the day. finally at 9 mo I gave up pumping, it was just getting dumped anyway. sine dd's nursing patterns never really changed my nighttime supply stayed about the same
 
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