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My question is theoretical. After feeling scarred by my low supply experience, Dh and I are talking about TTC later this year. Dd loves to nurse, but she knows there is a limited amount of milk. This is all she has ever known, but she knows how to go from side to side and how to time things to get the most milk. When she knows there's not much milk, she'll comfort nurse anyway.
Dh suggests weaning Dd if I get pregnant again. I am dubious that she will wean if my supply drops because I think she nurses often even when there isn't much milk. This is a girl who will turn away from a plate full of food and a cup of beloved cold water, to nurse. I am also dubious that she will wean easily - she is very attached to nursing and has a strong will.
I wonder if I could reason with her to nurse at certain times only, like maybe after the baby nurses to sleep for a nap, or other times when maybe it would be helpful to empty my breasts (in order to stimulate production) if for some reason, the baby does not. Or if I could let her use one side only (the side that has even less milk than the other).
If this was the case, by what age could I expect Dd to be able to understand that the baby needs the milk first, or needs the more full side, and to cooperate with me on this?