My friend and rookie mom, Deborah, who works full time in the San Francisco area, was ready to kiss her pumping days bye bye and introduce formula to her daughter. As a dutiful breast pumper, she had amassed a tremendous supply of breast milk in her freezer and had not yet spent her hard-earned money on formula. She asked how to introduce it to her 8-month old baby. She also wondered “Is it possible to keep nursing when I am no longer pumping?”
Congrats on your most excellent nursing and pumping success.
I’ll answer the second question first, based on personal experience: You can keep nursing as long as you want. Probably. I nursed my kids just twice per day – morning and night – for MONTHS. Like 5 months! Seriously, they were walking (!) and only nursed for bedtime and wake up. Finally for the last month (around 15 months old) it was just morning.
I was also a very very slow weaner, dropping one feeding/pumping per month. I started with dropping the pumping sessions because to be liberated from the pump was my key objective! That machine is both the savior and the hell of a working nursing mother.
Then again, some babies have different agendas around 8 months and decide that the world is too interesting to bother with nursing. My friend Erin experienced this with both of her children right around the same time. She spent weeks trying to get them back on the boob, without success. They loved their bottles and never looked back!
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