I work full time and my 15 month old daughter has been in daycare since she was 5 months. She started "solids" (really, just licking things and making funny faces) at 6 months and now eats snacks and meals. When she's at daycare, she gets a 2-3 ounce cup of breastmilk either with lunch or afternoon snack. Whether I pump twice while at work, or just once, I get a total of around 2-3 ounces. I used to have massive oversupply, but it seems like that's where my supply is at for now.
On days I work, she breastfeeds 3 times a day: morning wake up and twice in the evening (before dinner, and before bed). BUT, when she and I are together on weekends, she's still only been nursing 3 times - morning wake up, early afternoon, and before bed (she drops the pre-dinner one). A couple of nights a week, she wakes up around 4am for an extra nursing session and then falls back asleep but most nights she sleeps through until ~5/5:30am.
On a day where she suddenly wants extra nursing (mid-morning AND early afternoon nap; or early afternoon + pre-dinner + pre-bed) I don't have enough milk. It seems like she can barely get anything out for the mid-morning snack. She gives me sad lip, frantically baby-signs "milk" and "more" at me, and then cries hysterically. I feel awful. Last night (after nursing 3 times earlier in the day), I ran out of milk during her pre-bed nursing of all times! She was a little upset at first, but eventually snuggled up for story time.
I'm torn between trying "starting to wean" and get rid of this mid-morning nursing for good (keeping the early afternoon nursing in for now) OR trying to find ways to increase my supply. I have tried adding in pumping sessions (for a week or more) and it usually only adds about 1 ounce to my total [pumped] supply. I had planned on nursing to at least 18 months and then trying to make it to 2 years, so I'm a little shocked to have supply problems already. My problem with the "don't offer, don't refuse" strategy is that when she asks to nurse, I often don't have enough supply to accommodate her wishes. I'm willing to except that maybe I need to wean, but I'm afraid she'll just cry her little heart out for wanting more mama-milk-snuggle time.
Any thoughts/suggestions/anecdotes from previous experience would be greatly appreciated. I'm happy to have made it this far, but would love to hear other's thoughts! [And thank you, in advance.]