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That can be a tough one. I'd usually pump or manually express if I got uncomfortably engorged. I think it's best to let the body adjust. I think that nursing every 3-4 hours during the day at his age is fairly normal. Because he's older, he can take in more. Perhaps he's changing his nursings to less frequently, but same volume. Kids at that age can take a good 8 to 10 ounces in one nursing session. If your DS starts demanding more often, your supply will shoot back up. There are herbs you can use to help with that if you're concerned. In the end, I'm a proponent for letting the body adjust.
Is your DS getting enough? How are his pees? Is he peeing a normal amount? Is he eliminating poo normally? Does he look dehydrated? Is his energy level indicating healthy? If all is well in those areas, he's fine.
Does he seem more interested in solids than nursing? Perhaps he'd rather be eating more and nursing less? Try offering him some ripe pears, bananas or avacado. If he wants to eat more then he will. If he wants to nurse instead of eat, he will. Some babies naturally wean themselves early. My sis weaned at 12 months. Other kids naturally wean as toddlers or preschoolers.
You're lucky he's night weaning himself. Perhaps there's full nights sleep in your near future!
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