It seems my 11-month-old self-weaned, abruptly but happily, five days ago. We've been through many nursing strikes where dream feeds saved us, but it hasn't worked this time. She just silently arches away, and the three or four times she hasn't, she looks at me with mild interest, then bites, as if testing out a new toy. But I don't want to discuss whether this is a strike or weaning, as I'm pretty sure it's the latter, and either way my concern is how/whether I can recover my supply enough to provide her with at least mostly EBM through a year or beyond. Particularly because LO has cow's milk protein intolerance and I feel I can provide her much better nutrition than soymilk.
There were about 48 hours between the last breastfeeding and when I finally found and started using a double electric pump; in between I was trying to keep on top of the engorgement with a manual one. I went from engorged for two days to pretty much soft all day yesterday. Today I pumped 4 oz first thing in the morning, then 3, then 2.5, then 1.5 an hour ago. This is disconcerting! Especially since the past two days she wasn't drinking anywhere near 24 oz, since I thought I should be giving her milk in a sippy cup (which she doesn't drink from nearly as steadily as a bottle). I only have about 8 oz. in the fridge right now. She has refused the soymilk I mixed in with a little of my milk, and I'm just hoping when she gets hungry enough she'll take it.
I was wondering if anyone's been through a similar situation---a longer nursing strike that resolved itself spontaneously, or successfully getting your supply back up to where you could finish your baby's first year EPing. Thanks so much for any advice/encouragement.