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|Mon, 08-01-2011 - 1:35am|
How do I know when it's "safe" to start weaning from the pump? For one thing, mentally I'm a wreck just thinking about intentionally losing ounces!! But I'm getting really tired of having to stop what I'm doing in the middle of the day to pump, so I know that it's gotta be soon - for my sanity's sake!
My DD will be 1 year old in 9 days. (I can't believe it!) But she's just not a fan of solids. She still drinks 7-8 bottles a day, 3-4oz per bottle. I give her 2-3 meals a day, and snacks through out the day. She's never liked purees, only finger foods. But it's really hit or miss whether or not she eats it that day. Or how much she eats. Most of her food ends up in her high chair or on the floor. Even on good days when she eats "a lot" of solids she doesn't decrease the amount of BM she drinks. So I'm afraid to start dropping pumps because when my freezer stash is gone, it's gone. (If my supply dips down to 18ish ounces a day from the 30ish it's at now she'd need about 2 frozen bags of milk a day. At that rate I'd have enough frozen BM for 3ish months.) But I don't want her to be 15 months old, still not eating hardly any solids, and me run out of BM.
So what do I do? How do I "make" her eat more solids and drink less BM? Until she starts eating more solids I just don't see how I can start weaning.
Right now (and for the last 3 months) I'm pumping 3x a day, 40 mins at 9am, 30-40mins at 3pm, 40 mins at 9:30pm. I understand how to drop down to pumping 2x a day, but I'm just afraid to since she still relies so heavily on my BM and my supply will inevidibly drop when I drop to 2x a day.
I also understand about "diluting" the BM with cow's milk, but when I HAD to do that last week while I was on vacation there was a unpleasant incident with a LOT of vomit one night. (I didn't bring any frozen milk with me, but still pumped 3x a day. I always pump enough at home so I didn't think it'd be a problem. But, there were a few days where I just didn't make enough. So, 3 days I had to add 1oz to one of her bottles, and then one day I had to add 2oz to one of her bottles. The day that I HAD to add 2oz to her bottle was the night she threw up ALL OVER me, the bed, the floor, herself. She didn't seem to notice or mind the cow's milk taste at all and happily drank the entire bottle. I don't know if it was a reaction to the milk, or if she was just not feeling well, but it scared the crap out of me and I'm afraid to try adding milk again any time in the future.) However, even if there wasn't the scary vomit incident looming in my head, I still can't imagine her drinking 24-30oz of cow's milk a day!
Any advice would be great! If I were nursing her I wouldn't think twice about just letting her nurse as much as she needed throughout the day to meet her nutritional needs, and i don't see anything wrong with a child still getting most of her nutrition from BM at 12+ months, but I really really dislike pumping and would like to be able to eventually wean...