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i hate pumping, i mean HATE it, and it's getting harder for me to get a lot of milk when i do pump. but DD has to get bottles a few times a week when she's with her sitter (or sometimes with DH). i'm wondering how long i'll have to do this...we're never apart for more than 5 hours at a time, but that's too long for her to go without eating. she has started solids but barely.<br><br>
when will i be able to leave her in someone's care for 4-5 hours without breastmilk or formula (we have never had to use formula and i don't plan to)? i'm thinking at about a year old it might be possible? but i don't know. does it depend on how many solids she's eating? i would think so <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I was also very tired of pumping all the time. While teaching, I had to stop to pump about 4 times a day, at recesses and lunch, before and after school. It was driving me crazy. Now that my little one's 15 months, I don't really have to pump much. When she turned a year old, I decided I was going to stop pumping at work. I was scared that my boobs would explode, but surprisingly, it worked well. I just dropped one pumping at a time and waited a few days. I was inspired by another mommy at work who told me what she did, and I had to try it out. Since she's older now, I have her drinking soy milk at her sitters, then I nurse her before work and right when I get home, and at night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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At 7mos old, I went down to half days, and ds stopped taking a bottle at all during the time I'm at work from 8 am to noonish. I'm home by 1 every day, and he's fine with it. He'd rather wait for the real deal. He eats a lot in the morning, though, and I always top him off before running out the door.<br><br>
I don't think it's unreasonable for your 6 mo old to go 4 or 5 hours w/o milk. What if she was sttn? It's the same idea...<br><br>
That being said, i still have to pump sometimes, if mr fussy-bottom isn't hungry or somethign I ate makes me heavier than usual. It's okay, though, because I just donated all my stash. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I'm sure your daughter will be fine.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">At 7mos old, I went down to half days, and ds stopped taking a bottle at all during the time I'm at work from 8 am to noonish. I'm home by 1 every day, and he's fine with it. He'd rather wait for the real deal. He eats a lot in the morning, though, and I always top him off before running out the door.<br><br>
I don't think it's unreasonable for your 6 mo old to go 4 or 5 hours w/o milk. What if she was sttn? It's the same idea...</div>
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yeah, but i guess the difference is DD <i>will</i> take a bottle, so i feel like not leaving her milk that she would drink is depriving her of something she wants/needs.<br><br>
and since you mentioned STTN, yeah, i'd like that to happen sometime <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> and i figure tanking her up during the day will help! none of that reverse cycling. bleh.<br><br>
she also likes to eat every 2 hours (during the day). she's always been a frequent nurser.
 

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i was with dd in the early months, but pumped once a day from 9 months old to about a year with DD1. she wouldn't drink my expressed milk (hated the bottles), it was more for my comfort and supply concerns.
 

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i'm thinking, would it be possible to leave just a <i>couple</i> ounces of EBM in a sippy once she is a little older, so at least i don't have to pump as MUCH? (right now it takes 1-2 pumping sessions to make a 3-4 ounce bottle, and i can only get enough to be worth pumping for in the morning, so i only pump once a day.)<br><br>
maybe sometimes i could leave EBM, sometimes just water?<br><br>
what about the possibility of leaving cow's milk sometimes for her once she is a year old (assuming she will and can drink it)? do you think cow's milk a few times a week would encourage early weaning? i want to keep nursing for a long time, just not pumping!!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 
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