Hi, so my son is nearly 11 months and I'm thinking about pump-weaning shortly after his first birthday. I will probably drop to one session a day right at his first birthday and depending on how he does with solids and less breastmilk, I'd like to be done pump-weaning by 13-14 months.
I was discussing this plan with my husband, who is very supportive of me continuing to breastfeed into toddlerhood, and he says to me, 'you know he will wean shortly after you stop pumping, right? Because your supply will diminish'. I tried to explain to him that (based on what I have read) this is not the case, but now it has me wondering and worrying. My son isn't ready to wean, and neither am I . I really don't want to precipitate that and am wondering, if I am only nursing him about 4 times a day once I pump wean, will that be enough to maintain my supply for toddler nursing?
Until very recently we were nursing 7-8 times per day because my son woke multiple times a night, and so we were getting in at least 2 night-nursing sessions in addition to the daytime ones. Just recently, he has started sleeping through the night some of the time, which is great. However, that means that I nurse him about 2x in the morning before going to work, and maybe 2x in the evening before he goes to bed. Is this going to be enough to maintain my supply once I stop pumping during the day? I realize the sleeping through the night may not continue, and I wouldn't be worried about supply if I was still night nursing, but if he does sleep through the night AND I pump wean during the day, will I still have enough milk to nurse him mornings, evenings, and weekends? Thanks in advance for your help and advice. I am willing to keep pumping once a day if I have to, in order to maintain enough of a milk supply that he won't wean yet.