It has been a while since I posted but I am happy to say that I am still nursing my almost 3 1/2 year-old daughter. It was 3 years August 25th!!! I nursed and pumped until she was about 2 years old and then I gave up the pump since I was not pumping much. I pumped for such a long time (after every feeding) because I had a bad start nursing (very low supply) and pumping helped me build my supply as well as a nice stockpile of breast milk in my freezer. My daughter did not have cow's milk until she was 2 since I always gave her defrosted breast milk in her cup prior to that.
In any case, recently I have had concerns that my daughter may not be getting any milk and is just using mommy as a pacifier. I would often squeeze my nipple after she was done nursing and sometimes I would still see some milk...not so much lately.
So... how does this normally work with baby-led weaning? Do I keep putting her on the breast even though she might not be getting anything as long as she wants? Should I try to pump once to see if I get anything? I am at a loss. If she is still getting milk I would never take that away from her. But, if she is just pacifying herself...I may suggest other activities.
Currently, my daughter nurses... 1. When she wakes up in the morning. 2. Before nap... if she takes a nap. She usually falls asleep nursing. 3. Before bed. If she doesn't nap she still often falls asleep at the breast... if she does nap I usually put her to sleep awake after nursing.
I ask her if she is getting any milk and her answer always changes. Sometimes she says... there is no more milk... but then I see milk on my nipple. Other times she says that there is milk and I see nothing. I am not sure if she says she is getting milk because she is afraid I'll stop if she says she isn't.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
And, by the way... nursing has been the hardest thing I have ever done (low milk supply, failure to thrive, blocked ducts, nursing strikes)... and the most rewarding. I am so thankful to everyone who has encouraged me over the years...especially when doctors told me to quit. At this point... at almost 3 1/2 my daughter has still never been sick... no colds, no stomach viruses... nothing. We also took her to get her allergies tested because she was getting a red ring around her mouth occasionally when eating and they told me that they never see a child which such a lack of medical history who after their testing they concluded has NO allergies to anything. And, they tested everything. So thankful!!! So, if you ever stress about nursing... turn to your support network and nurse on. It is so worth it!!! <3