I agree with everything Guinnessstout said! I breast fed my son for 20 months (he's 3-1/2 now) and I'm still nursing my 16 month old daughter. I'm a member of a great local breast feeding support group that offers similar advice all of the time.
Be careful to get an oversupply or you may be dealing with other issues as well. My daughter was a preemie and had issues nursing in the beginning. She was tube fed my breast milk in the NICU. I was trying to feed her 8 times / day and she barely latched so I'd pump after each attempted feeding. My supply was HUGE. I was pumping about 50-60 oz / day while she was only taking about 8-10oz / day. Then, when I went to feed her, the flow was so fast from having so much milk that she had trouble and would cough a lot while nursing.
You definitely want a good supply for when you go back to work but make sure your pump schedule at work can keep up with what you're doing now or you risk clogged ducts or other similar issues if you suddenly stop empyting the breasts as often as you are.
There have been some great responses. I nursed my son for 20 months (he's 3-1/2 now) and I am still nursing my 16 month old daughter. I am a member of a great bf support group locally. While I've never had supply issues myself, I can say that keeping that baby on the breast is the best thing you can do. If you are pumping, why not supplement with breast milk and not formula? Then you won't be relying on the formula and you'll know when your supply has met the demand.
Also, some others have recommended oatmeal to help increase supply - it's cheap and easy and obviously not harmful to baby. Good luck!View Thread
Have you considered pumping on your way to work? I do this (hands free of course!) about 1/2 of the time. This way, I'm arriving at work "empty" and I can afford to wait until lunch time to go to my car and pump again. I usually pump once more around 3:30 for a total of 2-3 pumping sessions per work day. I do this 4 days / week. It worked for my son (now 3 years) and has worked very well for the past 7 months pumping for my daughter.
I pump mostly to keep up my supply so I can nurse her on the days she is home with me. I have hundreds of ounces of milk in my freezer! She's most likely my last one so I want to savor the moments with her and not rush the weaning process. As much as I hate pumping, I know it's important to keep her nursing well (she won't take a bottle or milk in a sippy cup!! Stubborn little girl).View Thread
My doctor told me to stop breast feeding because it causes the uterus to contract while the baby is feeding and you have a let down. My son was 18 or 19 months old and I was weaning him anyway - we nursed until 20 months and then I took a few months off before nursing my newborn.
I belong to a local Breast feeding support group run by a nurse / lactation consultant and we have talked about tandem nursing. The nurse / lactation consultant understands why doctors may frown upon nursing during pregnancy but she doesn't think it's a problem. Personally, if my son was only 8 months old, I would have kept nursing him until he was at least a year old if I could.