I have a 3 yo and a 20 mo both of whom nursed up until a couple months ago when it dramatically tapered off. I'm probably guilty of helping the process along - it was really wearing on my nursing them both and I should have just weaned the 3 yo instead of discouraging nursing and I'm really sad about that. Anyway, my 20 mo lost interest in nursing and was only nursing once ever couple days However, this past week, she has a newfound interest and asks for it just about every day and I freely nurse when she asks. My problem is that because I've nursed so little, my supply is about zilch. I desperately want to continue nursing my 20 mo but she's frustrated by my lack of supply. Is there anything I can do? I know nursing more but while she wants to nurse, she'll only do it for a minute or two then get frustrated that there isn't enough milk. Please help - I'm so committed to nursing her, I just don't know what to do???
You might try to nurse while she is asleep. If she can nurse long enough and often enough your supply should come back. Another possibility is renting a hospital grade pump to try to stimulate your hormones. The rental pumps are the only pumps recommended for relactation.