Today, 06:12 AM
The average time until return of fertility in a nursing mom is something like 15.5 months. You still have a month and a half to go, and there's every reason to expect that your fertility will return soon, especially as your child picks up his solid food intake and cuts down on his nursing. So I don't think you need to wean in order to get your fertility back. But there are still some steps you might want to take to give yourself the best shot of getting your fertility back and conceiving when it does come back.
First, I would consider cutting out the daytime pumping. The longer you go without nursing or pumping, the more likely it is that you will ovulate. Going 6 or more hours in a row without nursing gives your body the best chance of getting estrogen high enough to provoke a fertile cycle. If your child can't drink cow's milk, he can have juice, water, plant-based milks (coconut, hemp, rice) at daycare, and get his "dairy" needs met by you when you are home together and nursing. It's often said that 3-5 nursing sessions per day are sufficient to provide for a child's RDA of dairy. I don't think you need to consider hypoallergenic formula, but you may want to talk to a different doctor and a nutritionist and see if they have the same advice as your current pediatrician does about your child's nutrition, the need for him to avoid dairy at this point, and the need for you to be on an elimination diet.
Second, I would encourage you to get a copy of Toni...