Re: 15month getting frustrated low milk and slow to come
If your LO is still happy to nurse, and keeps asking to nurse, there's no reason to think you need to wean. You may, however, need to accept that at this point your LO is less interested in nursing as food and more interested in it as comfort. I am willing to bet that if she spent sufficient time at the breast, she could trigger a letdown. But she's not so patient anymore and she wants to run off and play. This loss of interest is a natural element of the weaning process- keep in mind that this process may go on for months or years!
If you want your child to continue to receive breastmilk and want to keep her interested in the breast, here are some things you can do:
- Offer to nurse more often
- Take her into a low-distraction environment, like a darkened, quiet bedroom, when it's time to nurse
- Try herbal galactogogues (fenugreek, oatmeal) to boost supply
- Consider pumping up your milk volume using a pump, if you feel baby is no longer doing a good job of maintaining supply- more milk usually means easier letdowns
Some things that can impact supply, in addition to baby losing interest/becoming distracted:
- Menstruation- many moms notice a big but temporary dip in supply in the week or so before their periods
- Illness- usually causes only a temporary drop, as long as baby is willing to nurse your supply back up
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