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Both my kids still nurse. Usually once or twice in the day and always to sleep and for an hour or so while waking up. They are 2.5 and 4. I night weaned the youngest recently (the older also night weaned at age 2.5). I have always had lots of milk but don't ever get engorged even when they don't nurse all day.

I am separated. The older already does every other Saturday night sleep overs with her dad. The younger will be starting the same in a few months. Then in September they will both be sleeping over both nights every other weekend. So they won't nurse from Friday morning to Sunday evening.

I gave my pump away ages ago; but I have never been that great with a pump. Given their ages I am not sure how motivated I am to keep up supply but I am thinking about it. Sometimes I think the message from the world is that it is time to let it go. But then I think of how much they both love it. I would like them to remember breastfeeding. I think the older would remember but the younger might not if I stop soon.

Do you think being away from them for 2.5 days twice a month will be enough to dry up my milk?

I have the option for pushing two overnights for the youngest until later. Nothing is signed yet. I am wondering if I should do that. If I did the younger would only be away Saturday morning to Sunday evening. That seems like a more manageable amount of time to be separated.

I would love some opinions. I need them fast as this could be settled next week and not able to be changed.

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Well, it's not unusual for moms who have nursed for a number of years straight to continue producing a bit of milk for a few years after their kids have weaned, so I think there's a decent chance that you'll keep keep a supply to one degree or another.  Everybody's different, but I suspect that personalities will play a slightly bigger roll than milk supply in determining when your kids wean.

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Thanks for that. They are both crazy in love with breastfeeding. The younger today was looking at a sculpture of a mermaid with huge bests and nipples. I jokingly asked him if he thought she would have lots of milk and he attempted to nurse on her!
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I never tandem nursed, but my milk would definitely not have dried up when nursing a 2.5 yo, if they had been away for a night or two.
My dk both weaned at 4 with very little help from my part, so based on my experience, I would not worry too much about a 4 yo weaning. At that age, they are close go self-weaning whether they are away from you or not.
When my kids were that age, I just expressed by hand when I was away from them for longer periods of time, in order to avoid engorgement and mastitis.

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Thanks. I agree about the 4 year old. Her latch is already getting bad and I have to ask her to take breaks. She often falls asleep on a break. Yahhhh!
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