Hi ladies! I have a 14 month old daughter who is breastfeeding. She is still an enthusiastic breastfeeder, and we don't limit nursing when I am home. Toward the end of her first year, I noticed a decline in my pump output, but we made it to a year (my original goal) without formula. I work 2-3 days per week, and have recently finished pump weaning. I believe that pump weaning has decreased my already decreasing supply, so maybe I took that step too soon. The thing is, my workplace is very supportive of pumping up to a year, but that support is much less enthusiastic after a year. And TBH, I was thrilled to stop pumping.
So here's the problem: my little girl wants more milk. When she nurses, she latches for about 5 minutes, then pulls off and signs "more" but when I offer the breast again she pushes me away. So I switch her to the other side, and the same thing happens. It seems she is rarely satisfied at the breast anymore, because even when she's been back and forth between both breasts multiple times, she is still signing for more. I know that there is still some milk there at the end of the feeding because I can still express drops of milk, so I'm thinking she is just wishing for a fuller breast and faster flow. She is not crying when this is happening, but it still makes me sad. I'm worried that she will wean before she is truly ready because she isn't getting as much milk as she wants.
I'm not sure if pumping more would increase my supply at this stage, and that would likely be met with resistance from my husband, who would be happier if I actively weaned her. I'm not sure what I'm looking for. I guess I'm just wondering if this is something that has happened with any of your nurslings, and if so, did it cause early weaning?
Oh, and to be clear, she drinks cows milk and eats solids well, so I'm not worried about the nutritional aspect.