My goal of breastfeeding was always 1 year, but I never knew what to say when people asked when I was going to “stop”. I guess I never really understood the question. How am I supposed to decided when to stop feeding my baby?
Pumping took up a lot of time at work. I was thankful my supply was able to keep up, but I certainly did not have an over supply by any means. The last few months due to some business trips, I did not have ANY freezer stash. That was stressful knowing that I needed to pump enough if my baby wanted to eat the next day. So, you can imagine why, at the end of a year, I was happy to give up the pump.
However, giving up the pump wasn’t as easy as I thought. DJ was sick around that time and she started nursing A LOT in that period. So first of all my supply shot back up and it was hard to go 8 hours during the day without pumping.
A few weeks after her first birthday, I had gotten down to one pumping session at work which gave her about 4 ounces of breastmilk for daycare plus morning and night nursings. I really wanted to stop pumping but was so scared I wouldn’t be able to nurse at least twice a day.
Now that she is 14 months old, we are in a pretty good routine. We nurse in the mornings, sometimes in bed if she wakes up early otherwise still at daycare. When I get home from work she is ready for some cuddles and some milk so we nurse around 5 pm. This is great because I am still pretty full after 8-10 hours. We try to nurse again around 7 pm at bedtime but I don’t think she gets much milk. We have actually been supplementing with formula and cows milk to make sure she is full and can sleep through the night.
So, I am not sure where our breastfeeding journey takes us from here. I would like to continue nursing her until the age of 2 if possible, however, on the weekends, I would like to eliminate the daytime nursing sessions, especially the ones in public.
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