I have a 9 month old and although initially breastfeeding felt like one of the hardest things I've ever done (I had vasospasms), it's now second nature for my baby and I.
But in a month, I have to return to work 3 days per week. I really don't want to give up breastfeeding yet - she's doing so well and hasn't had a single illness to date. I will be at work Monday - Wednesday, leaving the house around 8 and home around 5:15pm. I might be able to pump on my lunch break, but this would entail going to the parents room in the shopping centre as there really isn't anywhere I can pump at work. So assuming I feed right before I leave and as soon as I get home, and manage to pump at lunch time, I'm still having pretty long gaps.
I've always had really good supply, I had shocking over supply in the beginning and I still can get engorged if she 'snacks' frequently, but should I be preparing for my supply to drop?
We co-sleep and I'm happy to feed her through out the night (she has 1-2 feeds at the moment) - if I manage to drain the same amount in 24 hours but at longer intervals, will this preserve my supply? That is, will I be able to count on being able to continue sustaining her on breastmilk (and solids) or will I have to introduce formula?