Re: Milk Supply has dropped suddenly at 13 months! Time to wean?
Congratulations on nursing beyond a year! What a great achievement!
I don't think for a moment that it is time for you to wean (unless you want to). As long as you are not pregnant, not on a new form of hormonal birth control, and you continue to nurse on demand, your milk supply will not spontaneously vanish, even after night-weaning. It may dip, but you will not dry up.
It sounds like your daughter is still relying very much on what you provide for her liquid intake. If she was thirsty, I am sure she would drink from a sippy. And I agree with you that 16 oz of milk/day sounds like a lot- which is why it is so much easier to continue to nurse. If you are nursing your baby 3-4 times a day, she is getting enough from you and you don't need to push cows milk or soy milk. And, personally, I would not push the vanilla soy milk, because that stuff is generally packed with extra sugar.
So why isn't your baby producing as many soaked diapers as she used to? Perhaps she has just learned to hold her pee a little longer. A lot of kids do, and I think it may coincide with learning how to sleep through the night- the baby learns to hold in her pee, and all of a sudden she isn't being woken up by a wet diaper, so she sleeps all night long.
Has your period returned yet? If not, this supply drop you seem to be experiencing may be a sign that it is about to come back.
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