Re: Questions about baby led weaning...
If she was just using you as a pacifier, would that be a problem? With a young baby, breastfeeding is vital for both nutrition and comfort. But as time goes on and that baby turns into a toddler and starts eating lots of solid food, the relationship evolves so that it's primarily about comfort and connection, and much less about nutrition. A toddler can dry-nurse and still get a lot of value from it- it can soothe her to sleep, make her feel better when she's sick or has a boo-boo, and reassure her that mom is still there for her even as she, the toddler, becomes increasingly independent.
If your daughter's still nursing 3 times a day, she probably is getting some milk. The quantity may be small, but that's not a problem. As a toddler weans and mom's supply decreases, the breast undergoes a neat process called mammary involution. The milk produced during involution is very high in immune-support factors, especially a protein called lactoferrin. It's very much like colostrum, and provides the baby with a concentrated immunological boost as she completes her transition to solid foods.
All that being said, if you're feeling done with nursing, it is fine to stop, and we can give you weaning tips if that's what you want. The first small step to complete weaning could be to transition from proactive offering to "don't ask, don't refuse". DADR eventually results in the baby self-weaning- it just tends to be a slower process than mother-led weaning.
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