I haven't gotten there yet, but I am nursing my 19 month old through pregnancy. it sounds like before limiting nursing, trying to work more solids in would be a good idea. don't offer solids when she's asking to nurse (that will make her feel like she has to choose between eating and nursing), but offer her bites of everything you're eating and try giving her a small snack every time you nurse the baby, and any other time it's convenient. even if it's just one or two bites it's better than nothing.
I've found that DD will ask to nurse any time I'm holding her unless she has her Binky (introduced when I needed to limit nursing due to pregnancy) or we're reading a book. and I make sure when she's done nursing that we have some extra cuddles then.
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Some ideas to try out if you feel comfortable doing so:
If she refuses to eat at mealtime/snacktime, agree to/offer her nursing only after she eats a few bites (number up to you).
Have her wait to nurse until after baby brother has nursed and offer the same side only - I'm thinking in terms of block-feeding.
Limit night nursing to a few minutes at a time but agree to a small snack after if she wants.
Make sure all food offered is nutrient dense and filling. Try smoothies if she'll drink rather than eat solids right now.
It is hard to limit when you know your child is practically starving themselves. But breastmilk alone is really inadequate at her age and activity level. I don't think you need to wean her completely but I do think you would all be better served by limiting her in a gentle manner. Yes, she may throw a tantrum when you tell her 'no.' But at her age, most likely, she will eventually eat food rather than starve herself, even if she doesn't logically/mentally 'get' the connection between food and her physical pains.
Best of luck resolving this issue!
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