9.5 m not content- Is my milk drying up?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-18-2007
9.5 m not content- Is my milk drying up?
4
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 7:33pm

My ds is 9.5 mos old. We just completely weaned him off of the middle of the night feedings, per my Dr., a week ago. During the day, he usually nurses every 3 - 4 hrs and can now make it 8 - 9 hrs at night.


Lucy

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 9:42pm
First, you should expect now that you have night weaned him that he try and make up for the lack of night nursing by breastfeeding more during the day. Second, around 9 months is a common time for growth spurt which could be the reason for increased nursing. Third, a baby suddenly wanting to nurse more often is not in and of itself a sign of a low milk supply. A mom's milk supply generally does not just suddenly dry up unless there is a good reason such a drastic decrease in the amount of nursing or she has started taking a medication the is known to decrease a mother's milk supply such a the combo birth control pill. Nothing you have said would indicate to me any reason to be concerned about low milk supply just yet provided he is still putting on weight and putting out adequate wet diapers.

Photobucket




Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting





Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting



Photobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image HostingPhotobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Photobucket

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-27-2003
Mon, 04-13-2009 - 10:58pm

Hi Lucy :) I agree with the PP but wanted to ask a few questions...


Is there a reason the dr encouraged you to wean from night feeding?

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-18-2007
Tue, 04-14-2009 - 6:01pm

Hello,


Thanks for your replies!


Lucy

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Wed, 04-15-2009 - 2:46am

I can see why you would not want to be waking every 1 - 2 hours at night. One of mine, used to wake 8 to 10 times a night, and I had to gently change his pattern.

But dropping that last night feed has obviously caused your little one to want to make up for it with lots of daytime nursing. Maybe you could consider a dream feed just before you go to bed.

So long as you allow the baby to bf freely when he wants to, your milk will not 'dry up', but if nursing is restricted, then the suppl will drop to match.

Babies can nurse very efficiently at this age also, and in a few minutes, may get enough to keep them going, as they go off to explore the world. But be prepared to offer frequent feeds if they are small.

Teresa