Weaning from the pump and some other questions.....

Amy - posted on 03/16/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Alright moms I work full time and I'm away 50 hours a week my daughter turns one tomorrow and I'd like to be able to stop pumping at work. So my first question is should I slowly increase the time that I would normally pump? So if I pump once s day at 5 hours should I stretch it out an hour longer every 5 days till I no longer need to pump at work? I dont plan on weaning my daughter though. Also is it going to be a problem that I don't have a Monday thru Friday 8 to 5 job? I work retail so some days I work early and some days I work late.
Next part of my question is I still plan on feeding her whenever she wants when I'm home, she does solids really well and will eat anything! Should we start mixing the pumped milk with regular milk so she adjusts to the taste? She has recently started drinking water but since I'm away 10 hours a day I think she needs more then just water and I refuse to do juice. I'm really interested in hearing what other moms did or what would you do if you were me. Thanks in advance!

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Jennifer - posted on 03/17/2011

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i think stretching out the time between pumping sessions would work just fine, also shortening the duration of each session would work...for example, if you usually pump for 20 minutes, cut it down to 15 or 10 minutes for a week or so, then shorten it even more the following week. it might be a problem that you don't work at the same time everyday, but that isn't my territory so i can't say for sure. maybe write down everytime your daughter nurses when you are together so you can find the pattern so that if one day you do happen to work during a usual nursing session of hers, you know that you might need to pump at that time instead...if that makes sense. that way you are only pumping at work, when you actually need your body to be making milk because you are usually with your daughter at that time. i'm confusing myself hahah

if you are still going to be nursing a total of 3 or 4 times during the day, then she won't need cow's milk at all technically. i understand what you mean about not being satisfied with water, though. i exclusively pump and when i wanted to introduce cow's milk, my son wouldn't even drink it if i diluted it with breastmilk. we tried almond milk, and he happily switches between breastmilk, and almond milk and i never had to get him used to it. the only thing almond milk is lacking compared to whole cow's milk is fat...since you'll still be nursing when you are together, i think a cow's milk substitute would be perfectly healthy for her if she doesn't like the taste of cow's milk because she will get enough fat from your milk.

we are a no-juice family too! woo hoo for us! :-P

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Amy - posted on 03/18/2011

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Thanks for the advice I will have to keep track when I'm bf'ing her to see if there is a pattern although we aren't a very scheduled family. As I stated I have no intention of weaning her I just really don't want to have to pump at work anymore. Thanks again!

Michelle - posted on 03/16/2011

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If she's a year you can start giving her whole milk. Just start by replacing one bottle a day with cows milk instead of pumped milk. I never mixed the breast and cows milk with any of my kids. I just added it by giving it to them once a day to start and still letting them nurse if they wanted. Eventually added more milk and eventually they weaned themselves off of nursing. Worked well for me anyway. I'm not sure about the pumping though. I'm a stay at home mom so I've used the pump but not in the same way. It sounds like a plan that would theoretically work.

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