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Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

"I'm planning to wean from daytime feedings/pumpings at one year (only a couple months off now!) but would like to continue feeding at night and in the morning a bit longer. How long will my supply last if I am no longer pumping at work during the day?" -madhatter2003

Re: "I'm planning to wean from daytime feedings/pumpings at one year (only a couple months off now!) but would like to continue feeding at night and in the morning a bit longer. How long will my supply last if I am no longer pumping at work during the day?" -madhatter2003

The Bump Expert

If you have always feed your baby at night, or in the morning, you should be able to maintain your supply for those feedings. As you eliminate the daytime feedings or pumping session, your supply will drop during those times of the day. Just be consistent with the night and morning feedings and you should be fine.

Guest breastfeeding expert Andi Silverman is the author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginners Guide to Breastfeeding and a mother of two. Read her blog at www.mamaknowsbreast.com, and send your questions to editors@thenestbaby.com

Andi Silvermanm, author of Mama Knows Breast: A Beginner’s Guide to Breastfeeding

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

I ended up going back to work when my daughter was 10.5 months, and until that time, I was nursing her three to four times a day. I slowly started replacing her daytime feedings with a sippy cup of formula, and my body adjusted to it. I now nurse her once when she wakes up in the morning before I go to work, and once at bedtime and my supply was fine.

skippypb79 |

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

I started off pumping three times per day at work, but over time slowly tapered down from 2 to 1 then, when my baby turned 9 months, none. I wanted to keep nursing at night and morning and was very consistent about it, but by the time my daughter was 10 months, it seemed like she wasn't getting enough milk at night. I started bringing a bottle in with me and giving it to her when she was done nursing, and she would drink 4 oz of milk AFTER NURSING! Yikes, she must've been hungry! For the last couple of nights, she has given me a "thanks, but no thanks" on the nursing, and reaches straight for the bottle, so I have a feeling our nursing days are numbered, though I'm still trying to nurse during any middle of the night feedings, and in the morning. I was hoping to hang on longer, but my supply just doesn't want to keep up. I've always felt like it lagged behind the demand a bit, especially in the evening, but I'm not sure why.

kjs53 |

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

My daughter, a breast junkie, refused a bottle when I returned to work so I stopped pumping early on because I had an overstock in the freezer. Anyhow, my body adjusted to me dropping the day feedings - she nurses at night & on weekends. Your body will adjust to whatever schedule you & baby set. She turns a year in two weeks & shows no sign of letting me wean her off, so I'll probably keep night feedings until the dark circles under my eyes consume my face :•D Best of luck on this beautiful journey with your baby!

CMMCAlejandro |

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

What do you mean by "need to wean your baby". My child will not take a bottle from me but she will from anyone else. I nurse her when we are together (weekends, evenings, mornings). But she goes to daycare , she uses bottles. Is there a reason you want to wean her?

ecollins001 |

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

Ignore previous ans, it was meant for a different question.

ecollins001 |

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

I weaned my son from BM & nursing during the day at about 8.5 months and at 11.5 months we're still nursing every AM when he gets up and every night before he goes to bed. As long as your diligent in maintaining that schedule or pumping if you you're away from him for one of those sessions, your supply should last at that demand level for as long as you'd like it to. He shows no signs of wanting to wean at either of those times right now... I figured I just keep going until he naturally weans from either or both of those sessions, as they're not really inconvenient at all. Hope it worked out for you.

ErinMarie0313 |

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

I only ever pumped, latch problems. I gave up the "middle of the night" pump and started pumping less during the day for a month. I stopped pumping 8-1-10 and only had to relieve myself once. I dried up probably in 2-3 days. Hope that helps!

FULLMOONBABY |

Q&A: Weaning and milk supply?

Quite a few people have commented that they nurse in the morning and at night. My son is 11 months. I currently nurse mornings, nights, and weekends. When I am at work I pump twice and give what I pump to daycare for the next day. Now that he is eating solids can I completely cut out the bottles during the day? I'm wondering if the nursing in the a.m. and p.m. is enough milk intake for the day. I'm not reading to wean and my son doesn't seem ready either. I'm just wondering if I need to continue the milk intake during the day.

kristin_holmes |