8 months how established is my supply

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Registered: 02-23-2008
8 months how established is my supply
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Tue, 07-14-2009 - 8:17pm

I have a 8 1/2 month old we had a supper rough start breast feeding and things finally got supper easy around 4-months!!!


My Question is how well established is my supply? I work 3 days a week and she drinks any where from 4 to 12 oz when I work ( I am away from her 4 to 8 hours) I only pump 4 to 6 oz in this time... I have been getting up in the middle of the night every night to pump to keep her on breast milk. ( she has been sleeping through the night from 2 months) So if I quit getting up in the middle of the night and give her a bottle of formula one or two times on the days I work how will this effect the rest of the days I am with here, I BF no bottle four days a week and she gets two small solids a day usually when I'm at work. I have tried pumping before I go to bed and when I wake on one side but I just don't get to much..... I have also started my period and it seems that my production slows alot during that times is that normal? Thanks for any help:)


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Wed, 07-15-2009 - 2:48pm

Congrats on 8 months and problem-free bfing at this point! Way to stick with it, mama :)


If baby doesn't need milk at night (she doesn't seem to, if she is sttn), you don't need to make it at night.


Dropping overnight sessions shouldn't affect your daytime sessions, as long as those are maintained. Consistency is the key, here. If you keep consistently demanding milk (via nursing or pumping) at certain times most days, your supply at those times should maintain. Does that make sense?


To try and get your pumping outputs up (not that they're bad, but we can always try), have you replaced the valve membranes? Tried any supply boosters like oatmeal or fenugreek/blessed thistle?


Have you/are you able to experiment with 2 shorter pumping sessions when you're at work as opposed to one long one? Your schedule might not really allow for that, but it's an idea.


Yes, AF can affect your supply: http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/natural-treatments.html#calcium


Follow up with any additional questions!

 

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Registered: 02-23-2008
Thu, 07-16-2009 - 11:57am
Thanks so much!! I willl try to do 2 sessions instead, I hope that I can get as much as she takes so should I try pumping even on the days she is home with me to make up for what extra she takes when Im not around?

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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 07-16-2009 - 1:12pm

Yes, many moms have to throw in pump sessions on weekends and in the evenings to get what they need.


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Fri, 07-17-2009 - 11:29am
Thanks again I was starting to worrie about not making enough for dd, Im so sick of pumping I was hoping to only pump when she was not with me ...Oh well atleast Im not waking at 2 am to do it ...Thank you again have a great weekend

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