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Toby's birthday is a week away, and I'm still nursing him! I can't believe it, but I'm going to make it to a year of nursing!! I was afraid, through all the pumping at work problems I had, that I wasn't going to make it...but here I am!
Now, I have a question. In September Toby will start at my daycare center. We don't accept infants, so we've had to wait for him to be a year old. They've never explicitly told me that I can't nurse him during the day as a toddler, but I know from working there for so long that it would be hugely awkward in the room. My plan is to nurse him there at 6:30 when I open, since I'm usually the only one there. Then when we get home he can nurse all he likes. But I'm scared about my supply! Has anyone else gone to part-time nursing after a year, and been able to keep it up? He still nurses to sleep, nurses at 4 am, and nurses for comfort a lot...and I don't want to take that away from him.
"They" can't technically tell me not to nurse him, since I am in charge of both toddler classrooms, including the one he will be in. So the person I'd have to "ask" about it is me. But I've been working there long enough to know that it would be difficult to manage at best. Added to that, I am very anxious to have Toby adjust to being in the classroom adjacent to mine, yet not WITH me all day, kwim? Out of the nine hours we're at the center, he'll only spent about 5 of them in a place where he can't get to me, but it's really important to me that he understand the routine of the classroom, and be able to bond with the teachers in his room. I am blessed enough that I will be able to have him with me from now until he starts Kindergarten, but I want this to be a place he feels that he can go to any teacher for love and support, not just mommy. We're a close knit group at our school, btw, and I trust them all. But I feel like coming in a few times to nurse him will confuse him, since he'll have to keep watching me leave.
So that was a long-winding way of saying that I've accepted the idea of not nursing him full time anymore, I just want to make sure that I'll be able to nurse when we're at home. I want the point of totally weaning to be HIS choice, if at all possible!
I started working at a daycare in the toddler class when Leila was just under a year. They did transitions to the toddler class around 13-15 months old so Leila eventually was going to transition into my room. Anyway when I first started I was already about 6-7 weeks pregnant but still was nursing Leila all day on demand and had no affect to my supply from the pregnancy. My supply did take a bit of a drop after starting there but who knows how much of it was related to being pregnant. I was able to continue nursing throughout the pregnancy and while working. It is all just an adjustment period.
Toby will most likely compensate by nursing more frequently throughout the rest of the day and night so I would expect that. You can nurse as frequently as both of you want to in spite of working! Congrats on making it this far and hope his adjustment goes well!