Anyone have drying up allow for self-weaning?

Emily - posted on 04/24/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My daughter is 15 months old and still nursing quite a bit. I work full-time nights and I am finding little time at work to pump. I have 3 days off from work when I nurse her all throughout the day. I put her to sleep those nights by nursing her. On the nights I am at work my husband puts her to sleep with a bottle of my milk or cow's milk (if he runs out of mine). She still wakes up a few times a night to nurse. I haven't had much sleep since she was born, I am tired almost all of the time, but I don't want to force her to wean. My supply is really decreasing...so what I am wondering is if she might self-wean once I dry up? Any input would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Emily - posted on 04/24/2010

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Well, you won't simply dry up out of the blue. If she's still nursing, your body will still produce milk. Usually it works the other way around.. your child stops nursing, then you stop producing milk.



Lots of working moms find that when they are home, their babies nurse a lot to sort-of make up for that lost time. Have you tried co-sleeping? May make your nights a little more bearable if you don't have to physically get out of bed to nurse her. Does she get up that often for your husband? If not, you could try having him do the nighttime feeds so you can sleep.

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