10 mth old stopped nursing-how much should I be pumping?
Its been a rough road with DD2, she started refusing to nurse at 2 mths due to severe GERD (reflux). No medicine or medical treatment ever fixed it for her and we have been sleep feeding or nursing to sleep for the last 8 mths. Now, all of a sudden, she won't nurse to sleep anymore. I have always pumped after she feeds since sleep feeding did not seem to remove the milk completely. Until a few days ago, she nursed at 10 am, 2:30 pm, 8 pm, and 2 am and I pumped all 4 times. She is still occasionally taking it in the morning but I don't think it will last long. I would like to keep giving her my milk for as long as I can so my questions are:
Do I need to pump extra times to maintain the supply?
Can I stop pumping at 2 am and just pump at 11 pm before bed or is 11 hrs too long in between? So I would pump at 10 am, 2:30 pm, 8 pm, and 11 pm
How long should I be pumping each time since its no longer just to finish emptying after she has eaten?
Is it really possible to maintain the supply for a long period with no real nursing?
I suppose I am lucky at pumping, when she has skipped sessions the last few days, I get between 6-9 oz when I pump. I also have about 500 oz in the freezer from all these months of pumping after she ate so I can certainly get her breastmilk till a year, maybe longer.
This has been heartbreaking for me, I love nursing and wanted to nurse her forever as she is our last child. DD1 loved nursing and self-weaned at 27 mths so I feel like i have let her down but it is her choice and I can't make her do it. I have done everything possible to keep her nursing and now she just won't take it.
Mom to Abigail, born May 3rd, 2007 (self-weaned at 27 mths) and Charlotte, born Nov. 24th, 2009. Both reflux babies and EBF. Charlotte weighs 31 lbs at 26 mths.