So baby girl is 10 1/2 months old and I have been working full time since she was 2 months old. I was able to pump plenty of milk and built up a freezer stash. When she was 9 months old and began eating more solids at daycare, her milk intake at daycare dropped from 10-12 ounces per day to 3-6 ounces. I cut back on the solids for a bit and she began to take 8-10 oz per day. Also around that time, I decided to drop from 2 pumps a day at work to 1 pump so I could use my freezer stash. For the first month I was able to get 6-8 oz from my single pump session. Now it is more like 4-5. I plan to keep up my one pump session until she is a year old but I will run out of frozen milk in a couple of weeks and that leaves a month to come up with an alternate milk. I don't want to add another pump session so I see these as my options:
1. Provide formula to make up the difference. (Don't know if she will take it)
2. Provide almond/coconut milk to make up the difference (what I will be offering when she is a year)
3. Provide additional solids and water
She still nurses 6-7 times per day on workdays and of course as often as she wants on the weekends. I don't think she needs the additional milk/formula at daycare for nutrition but she is used to getting 3 small bottles a day while she is there.
Thoughts? Also, if I go the formula route, should I mix the first few bottles with breast milk to get her used to the taste?