That's the typical response when someone doesn't think a child should be nursing beyond a certain age (1 or 2, usually), correct? I've always countered that with the fact that most moms can't pump much beyond the first year and that it's hard to maintain, but I've never actually experienced it firsthand, until now.
My 13 mo old daughter is on day 11 of a monster nursing strike. She has not nursed once in 11 days. I've been pumping to have milk to give her, and to hopefully maintain supply as much as possible, but it was clear that would be near impossible within the first few days.
The first day I pumped 4 times and got 9oz total. Great!
Second day, I pumped 4 times and got 6oz...
Third day, pumped 4 times and got 4 oz.
I'm currently down to about an oz of milk per day. Luckily, a good friend has an ample freezer stash that she has donated to my stubborn little girl so she's still getting about 9oz of mama milk a day (plus cheese and yogurt, & water and other foods, etc..)... but it just made me think about that line: "just pump and put it in a cup!", as if it's SOO easy!
If you have ever used that line when discussing full term breastfeeding, does my experience help you to understand how unreasonable such a suggestion is for many moms?