O.K. - I breastfeed my son and I will keep him on the breast till he's a year old. After that, I don't want to breastfeed him anymore but I would like to continue to supplement breastmilk for him. I am thinking once or twice a day but I'm not sure if my body will continue to produce milk to just pump once or twice per day. I asked my mom and she doesn't know because she couldn't breastfeed. So I am asking my other mother source. Will my body be able to continue to produce breastmilk if I'm only pumping once or twice a day?
It may be a stupid question for someone who's familiar with breastfeeding but he's my first child.
It is really common for a one year old to continue to nurse 1-2 times a day. Both of my boys dropped down to nursing 2 times a day soon after they turned a year old and by 13 to14 months old they were just nursing before bed and when they first got up in the morning, and occasionally they would want to nurse at some point during the day. So, in theory, you should be able to maintain that same supply by pumping 2 times a day. Personally, I think pumping is a pain and would rather just have baby nurse a couple of times a day, but whatever works for you! Plus, baby gets the more antibodies that way (as your body reacts to their saliva to make needed antibodies) There are some great benefits to continue beyond a year, check out Extended Breastfeeding Fact Sheet
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