May 09, 2011
With my two previous champion nursing babes, I pumped until about 12-13 months. After that, even though I was working and away from them full-time, they drank cow's milk in my absence. Still, we nursed when we were reunited in the evenings, and we nursed all through the weekends on our days together. Each of my first two children nursed until 2.5+ years old.
Now, with our more slender newest member of the family, I have continued to pump as additional nutrition. Not only has he been so slight, he has also had food sensitivities to dairy & gluten that have prevented him from eating the high-fat, high-protein toddler foods that I relied on with my first two children.
And, as I was traveling for work today, hauling my pump and all its parts, pipes, nozzles, bottles and valves with me, I thought: my "baby" is almost 20 months old. And still I pump.
Has it gone too far? I mean, he is now eating cheese and yogurt (and apples and cereal), and a lot of them! He is getting plenty of nutrition outside of the measily 5-6 ounce I produce for him daily. He seems to be continuing to grow (I think. Next weigh-in is next week). Perhaps I fear that my supply will go away completely, not even able to supply on demand in the evenings or weekends?
Have you phased out of pumping but continued to nurse?