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I have noticed in my personal breastfeeding career that my supply diminishes quite a bit as my nurslings space their feedings out. With my older 3, by the time they weaned I was no longer feeling any letdown, never feeling full, and didn't have any engorgement or leaking after they were done. My boys both weaned pretty early - 15 and 16 mos, and both seemed bothered about the lack of milk for a while before they weaned entirely.<br>
My older dd weaned around 20 mos, while I was early in pregnancy. My remaining supply took a huge nose dive when I got pregnant, and I think the taste changed because she would wrinkle up her nose and make faces while nursing, then quit asking altogether.<br>
My little dd is 17 mos. I'm hoping she'll not wean before she turns 2 at least. I WOH full-time. I pumped for her until 15 mos, then pump-weaned as I was pumping only about 4 oz at lunchtime, and she was largely refusing to drink it. She now nurses morning and night, and at bedtime, and until the last 2 weeks, was nursing 2-3 times at night. Now for the last 2 weeks or so, she is often sleeping through the night, and when waking, usually just wakes 1 time. That means I'm down to nursing just 3-4 times in 24 hours most days. On weekends, she nurses usually 2-3 times through the day as well. Since the decrease, I really don't feel as full - although she hasn't seemed to mind. Today I had to be somewhere after work, so I pumped after work and only got 2 oz total - after 10 hours of not nursing her.<br>
I'm looking for either some reassurance that she'll keep nursing if my supply dwindles, or advice on keeping more of a supply. I'd rather not go back to pumping at work, but I also don't want this last baby to wean prematurely due to milk supply. Probably shouldn't have pumped tonight, as I wasn't as worried before I saw that little bit of milk!<br>
So am I crazy to worry, or what?
 

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If you keep offering, and she's interested, she'll keep nursing - and your body will make enough milk! Keep in mind that milk production occurs on demand in mature breasts, so even if you have no letdown or engorgement you are still making milk. Long after I stopped letting down for the pump ds could still get milk.<br><br>
I wouldn't pump any more if you're over that (and 15 months is a long time!) but don't forget to stay well hydrated and well nourished to keep your supply up. Oatmeal for breakfast is good, as is mother's milk tea during the day and in the evening.
 

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Jen, I have noticed this too. DD is the same exact age (born may 30), and I work at home for the most part, I'm away from her one day a week. I nurse her about 4x during the day. She has recently cut back from 5x a day (i'll offer every 3 hrs, and she will refuse <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> to the 4x a day. she will also nurse about 1x at night, maybe 2. depends on the teething.<br><br>
I have noticed that sometimes when she nurses I don't get a letdown, although i can tell she is getting a little bit of milk. she seems happy with it. I've started drinking mothers milk tea again and making sure I take my multi vitamin and calcium/mag/zinc combo. I also have oatmeal every am (have been doing that since she was born)<br><br>
I don't give dd milk, so she gets all her liquids other than water from me. she does eat a good diet of solids though.
 

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I don't know why I'm so paranoid. Dd is a big comfort nurser, and she doesn't drink any other milk yet (except occasional sips at daycare.) I do feel a letdown when I nurse her or when I pump (which is few and far between these days.) I don't pump midday anymore at all, just if I have to be gone for a really long time. this is my last baby, though, and I want her to wean when she's ready. I love my job, but being gone from her means that the natural supply and demand relationship is a little mixed up by me being gone. So far, she still nurses happily pretty much whenever offered, and she asks herself pretty often. Hopefully that all means she'll wean in her own time.
 
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