Milk Supply Decreased

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-10-2006
Milk Supply Decreased
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Wed, 10-27-2010 - 1:54pm

Hi,

I have a 9 and 1/2 month baby and he started sleeping through the night about 3 weeks ago.

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Registered: 05-03-2004
Wed, 10-27-2010 - 2:17pm

Why are you giving a 7 ounce bottle?


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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-10-2006
Thu, 10-28-2010 - 1:32am

So I give a bottle at 7pm instead of nursing him is because it is bed time for my other two kids as well, and it becomes too much to handle at that time.

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Registered: 04-13-2008
Sun, 10-31-2010 - 8:35am
I agree that even now, since they have decreased, your pumping volumes are large.

With three meals a day, which is a lot for this age, it would appear that he is filling up on solids in place of nursing, which he should be getting. Dropping the 3 am session would also affect supply. Basically, if he is no longer waking in the night-time, he will need to fit in an extra session in the daytime to make up for that.

Even if you want to keep three meals a day, can I suggest that they be small meals - just tastes. So perhaps, rather than have lunch at 10:30 am, offer to nurse at 11:00 or 11:30 am (if that is when he is awake), and then offer a small taste for lunch half an hour later.

Bring the 4 pm nursing session earlier. Say 2:30 pm or 3 pm. Then offer again at 5 pm.

Who is giving the baby the bottle if you are putting the other children to bed? Your partner? Could you swap roles there, and get your partner to take over putting the older children to bed for now, to get your supply to what it was. The baby will be more efficient than the pump anyway. It can be a good opportunity for your partner to have time with the older children. Just an idea.

Teresa