Re: beginning of the end for 10 1/2 month old
As long as baby is nursing and nursing well (sucking enthusiastically and hungrily rather than sucking solely for comfort), milk supply will not just "dry up". The are some things that may diminish it though, or prevent it from rebounding, including:
- taking hormonal contraception, particularly methods that combine estrogen and progestin (like the pill, the patch, the vaginal ring, and the Depo shot)
- thyroid problems
- pregnancy (not an issue for you, apparently!)
Generally the biggest barrier to producing sufficient milk is frequency and intensity of milk removal. Moms who don't nurse enough or who are relying on dying pumps- they tend to be the moms who struggle the most.
Sorry you're having a tough time, mama. And I am sorry about your dad. Pancreatic cancer is just the worst. My grandma had it and it took her very swiftly.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"