I am currently nursing my nearly 2 year old DD, more out of necessity than desire (not that I don't enjoy nursing my DD!), three times a day (once in the AM, pumping around lunch time because I am at work, and then once before she goes to bed). My DD is recovering from severe GERD that is finally being treated with the proper medications (i.e. Prevacid in the AM and Zantac in the PM). Because my DD has suffered so long from GERD, she has literally developed a fear of food (i.e. food neophobia). This child has never eaten the solid form of a fruit, vegetable, or meat (with the exception of the occasional chicken nugget) and once she passed 10 months of age refused all puree forms. For this reason, she is currently going to a Feeding Clinic once a week to teach her not to fear food. Well, the unfortunately side of things is that with the calorie boosters added to her bottles of cow's milk (three 5 ounce bottles a day with 5 tsp of Carnation Breakfast Essentials added) she is now gaining weight nicely and, therefore, sleeping through the night. My supply has taken a huge hit: When I first backed down to only pumping at lunch I was pumping 4-6 ounces of BM total from both breasts and NOW I am down to 1-2 ounces maximum. Considering her age; the fact that she is eating things like yogurt, cheese, and anything crackery (i.e. most cereals, gold fish, graham crackers, peanut butter crackers, FINALLY drinking 4-6 ounces of juice a day, etc.); and the fact that she is in feeding therapy, would you give up the unfruitful pumping session and just nurse as she wants to when I am with her (i.e. 2 times a day during the work week and she usually nurses 3-4 times a day during the weekend)? I am looking for either the encouragement to continue or support that getting rid of the pumping session will not be a catastrophic event in her nutrition...thoughts, opinions, ideas? Does this mean I am barely producing any milk or just that my body does not want to respond to the only 15 min pumping session I complete a day? If you are still nursing your two year old and still pump once a day, how many ounces are you getting? I thought this stage was supposed to be about the enjoyment of nursing, not so much the nutrition but my DD decided to put a monkey wrench in that "plan"!
Thank you, Ladies, as usual!