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Hello, my son is currently 9 months, but I have been thinking about what will happen after a year. I work 3 days a week outside of the home, and I send BM to daycare. When I pump I only get about 3 oz a session (which is pretty sad from where we started), I pump 3xs while I am at work and still have 200+ ozs in the freezer. Once he hits a year I would like to cut back on the pumping (maybe once a day), and then nurse him 3xs a day on the days I work and full time the days I don't. Would this work? Will it affect my supply too much? Also, do daycares generally allow breastmilk in the toddler rooms?<br><br>
Thanks in advance, I don't know any working moms (IRL) who have continued to BF after a year.<br><br>
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You have 200 oz stored up and you are worried about this???? Wow, you are a milk producing woman <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"><br><br>
I am a full time WOHM, so M-F from 7 to 4:30 or so. I pumped until dd was a year and was sending bm in bottles to her that whole time. When she was 11 months or a year I slowly weaned off the pump and used up my freezer stash (not nearly as big as yours is). After that I sent whole cows milk with her to daycare. I don't know if they have any "rules" about breastmilk in the toddler room, but the daycare teacher did ask me about it (I had already switched to cow milk) and had mentioned that once they got to the toddler room they kept stealing each others sippy cups (what they do if they have a lactose intolerant kid or one with dairy allergies, I don't know).<br>
Anyway, DD is almost 23 months old and I haven't pumped in almost a year. Right now she only nurses 3-4 times a day during the week, more on weekends. She has been sleeping through the night since 15-18 months (don't remember when exactly, and it was kind of spotty for a while where she would sleep great for a week, then wake up once a night for a week to nurse, etc.)<br>
My milk supply is great, she is still nursing.<br>
I am sure you will come up with a solution that works well for you.
 

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I did pretty much what you are planning to do, and it worked just fine. I didn't have a freezer stash left at 12 months, and pumping was hardly worth the effort, so at about 13 months, I quit pumping completely and supplemented the pumped BM with cow's milk. DS was already a big solids eater by then anyway. It has worked just fine and now at almost 20 months, we still happily nurse about 3x/day. Good luck!
 

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I am stingy and kind of paranoid with my stash too- but mine is more like 200 bags. So that is like 1200 oz i guess. I used a bag tonight and felt guilty. I would quit pumping and relax. Your supply will adjust. I finally quit pumping and it is great- one less chore to do.
 

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I guess I will be the voice of dissent. I am still pumping twice a day and coming home at lunches to nurse DD, 14 months. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> I think about dropping a pumping session - and sometimes I do, just because I forget or don't have enough bottles with me - but it never seems to make sense to. I want to keep my supply up, plus another weird reason... Without pumping, I wouldn't know what to do with my breaks! I would either not take them, or I would eat something bad for me and/or spend money! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> So, I keep on pumpin'. BTW, she only drinks 1/2 of what I pump or less. I donate the rest. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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leila - you aren't the only one who pumped past a year.<br><br>
I had been pumping 1-4 times a day to get enough to send 1 or 2 feeds of EBM with Em to child care (I work FT) and I had no freezer stash to speak of. I had been going back and forth about how long to keep pumping for a while, but was hesitant to give him any other milk but mine (also a bias against cow's milk). So, I gradually sent less BM as he was eating more solids and water, along with a bit of rice milk, and goat milk or yogurt. A couple times he didn't even finish the BM i sent, so I finally decided at 14 months to stop pumping and sending bottles.<br><br>
I did it when we just went on vacation for 2 weeks to help my sis who just had a baby. I didn't pump while we were there (he nursed TONS), and I just didn't resume my pumping routine when we got home. Em has been doing just fine with some goat milk and yogurt (along with solids) while I'm at work and nursing when we're together. I did pump 2 times in the first few days when I felt fullish, but I never did get engorged or anything. Now I have a tiny freezer "stash" (15-30 oz?) that I'm not sure what I'll do with!<br><br>
I'm guessing my supply is dropping some, but will still meet his needs to continue nursing as long as he wants/needs to. I have been encouraged by all the mamas here and on the "working and student mamas" board who told me they were able to keep extended nursing or CLW for a long time after they stopped pumping. There have been lots of threads about stopping pumping there, too, so baileygirl you should check it out.<br><br>
I'm sure you'll find the balance that works for you and your baby!
 

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Thank you for all of your replies! I don't want to do anything that would keep him from wanting to nurse, but I want to spend more time on my job. I pick and drop him off (I picked the daycare knowing this, but I wanted him closer to me), so staying late/going early isn't an option...and spending 90 minutes on pumping is a lot of time to devote during the day. I really hope to be able to drop it down to just the one pumping session.<br><br>
iowaorganic- WOW!!!! That is a lot of milk!!! Was your supply like that with your first child?<br><br>
Thanks again!!!!
 

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Ask your daycare about EBM in the toddler room. Our daycare was very upset by the idea and we decided that it wasn't worth the effort to fight. Also, during his 12th month, le babe dropped from drinking 10oz of EBM daily to drinking 0-2oz/daily, which made the fight seem even less worth it. He'd much rather eat solids, drink water, and wait to nurse.<br><br>
Here's what I did:<br><br>
From 3-10 months, I pumped 3xdaily, 4 days a week.<br><br>
From 10-11.5 months I pumped 2xdaily.<br><br>
From 11.5-13 months, I pumped 1xdaily.<br><br>
For the past week (past 13 months), I've been pumping JUST for comfort, 1 time daily. Today is the first day that le babe isn't getting offered EBM at daycare (although he's basically drunk none for the past 2 weeks). My pump is at home. I will go nurse him if I get uncomfortable though.<br><br>
I thought about continuing to pump and donating, because I can STILL pump 24oz in a day if I want to. (That single pumping session from 11.5-13 months was producing 10-12oz.) My "comfort" pump produces about 5oz (2.5/breast) in 3-4 minutes. But it is better for me work-wise to stop pumping.
 

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Oh, I also was going to say, if you do cut back or elimate your pumping, make sure you do it gradually to avoid pain, mastitis, engorgement, leaking at work, etc.
 

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I still pump for my son (almost 19 months old) while he is in daycare. my boy is cows milk and soy allergic (also eggs and peanuts) so there isn't a great option for a milk substitute for him at daycare.<br><br>
Our daycare has no problems with cups of breastmilk for him in the toddler room. If they did, I would have told them to shove it.<br><br>
He is not the only kiddo getting pumped milk at well past 12 months.<br><br>
That said, there are days when I don't pump for whatever reason, and my supply appears to be pretty well established. There is always milk for him on demand on weekends or vacations, and I don't get engorged or leak if I don't pump.
 

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I pumped 3x per day at work until DS was 11.5 months when I moved to 2x per day. Around 14 months I went to 1x per day. I found out I was PG when DS was 15 months and by 16 months my supply was low enough for me to stop pumping altogether at work. I was so worried about having enough milk for him to nurse when we were together on weekends and days off (he still nurses 8-10+ times per day and overnight). But it's been ok. He was frustrated at first when my supply dropped (I believe it was due to the pregnancy since it dropped before I stopped pumping), but he's adjusted and he's still nursing as often as he always has.<br><br>
He's in an in-home daycare so she allows me to still send EBM for him to drink during the day. I have enough frozen milk to send him through the middle of October (he will be 19 months).<br><br>
I didn't mind pumping for so long. Once I got PG it started to really hurt to pump so I was a little relieved I was able to wean from the pump earlier than I had planned. I originally planned to wean from the pump when he was 18 months. I will say that it's nice to have a little break from carrying all that stuff back and forth and wash those collection bottles, store it, etc. I'll be pumping for #2 soon enough, the break in between is nice to have!<br><br>
Good luck to you!
 

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I was pumping 4 times a day up until about 9 months, then it was 3 times, and now at a year (sniff, sniff! Next week!), I'm pumping twice a day at work, and occassionally at home on my days off or whatever if I feel the need to feed the freezer. I have a really small stash, usually under 20 ounces the whole time I've been working FT (Since 7 weeks PP). I don't plan to stop nursing or pumping when DD starts to get other milk soon, but it'll probably be really nice not to have to worry about how much milk I'm leaving every day.<br><br>
Check with your daycare - if your child is in a center, they may not allow BM in sippies or any bottles at all in the toddler room.
 

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I have never been a productive pumper and went back to work when DS was one year old with zero stash in the freezer. I made some trips to his daycare at the start for lunchtime pumpings, and worked up to full days apart over 2-3 weeks, just to make sure I didn't get engorged/plugged ducts etc. While at daycare, he got solids and water. He would have a huge session in the morning, another huge one at the end of the work day, one at bedtime, and a couple of short nighttime sessions. If I felt like my supply was dwindling, I took fenugreek and blessed thistle for a few days and it gave me a boost. We kept that up for a year, with no problems. I am at home now, that's the only reason we're not still doing that same routine :)
 

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I pumped twice a day at work for my twins and once before I went to bed until they were about 11 months. At that point my pumping output declined precipitously and I also found that my kids were not finishing their daycare bottles of breastmilk. I ended up stopping pumping and used up my freezer supply and also supplemented a little with cow's milk. Now at 12 months my twins are eating tons of solids including daily yogurt and cheese. They sometimes take a sippy of cow's milk at daycare. We nurse 2-3 times per day (in the mornings and evenings) and a little more on the weekends. I'm trying to decide how long we're going to continue nursing---probably at least until 18 months.
 

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I'm an EPer, and I'm still pumping at 14+ mos....there's a whole bunch of us around. It's not as unusual as people think to pump past a year...although I certainly can understand not wanting to have to do it.
 
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