I have not been on here in a while but I feel like I need to reach out to some other mommas.
My daughter is 31 months old and we are still nursing... Yeah!!!
I had a rough start with nursing and have developed a pumping habit. I currently nurse my daughter when she wakes, before nap, before dinner and before bed. I still try to pump after 2-3 of those nursing sessions.
I had built up a large supply in my freezer that I was slowly using. At first I would give my daughter a full bag with every meal, then I cut it to 2 and now I only give her 1 bag of breast milk from the freezer once a day. I still have not given her any cows milk in a cup but she loves yogurt, cheese and ice cream.
My dilemma now is... At times, pumping gets in the way of enjoying life. Yet, even though we are this far along and I pump less than a 1/2 oz from both breasts at each session now...I still feel selfish and wrong to stop. I also feel like if I stop it will end our nursing relationship since I feel that the extra stimulation helps when my daughter does not nurse so well... or at least it has for the past 2 1/2 years.
I have already met all my nursing goals...first 3 months, then 6 months, then 1 year and finally 2 years. But, I love nursing my daughter so much that it is so hard for me to think of when it might end. At this point, she has yet to have a cold, stomach bug...anything... and I am sooo proud of that.
I tried to give my daughter almond milk once and she would not touch it. But, as my supply in the freezer diminishes I feel like I should start her on something. I do buy milk without any growth hormones but for some reason I HATE the thought of giving it to her even though I want to make sure she is getting enough calcium.
I should also mention that I actually took Fenugreek until a few months ago when I felt like it was time to stop. No change to my supply took place then.
Sometimes I feel like I should pump more, buy more supplements...etc. to try to get more supply back. And then I also think that I should just let nature take its course and just enjoy my kiddo and the extra time I would have to play with her if she does stop. Even though I would miss the snuggles
Any words of advice.