Help? 10.5 months and supply dipping...
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|Tue, 04-20-2010 - 12:55pm|
Hi - I actually posted this on the working and pumping board but wanted to post it here too in case you could answer any of my questions too... Thank you so much for reading! Let me know if you have any questions...
It's been a while since I've posted - for such a long time things had been going so well for us working and pumping wise - I had over supply for the first 8 months then finally just dropped to only 1 work pump at around 9 months. One of the reasons I had such great supply was because we co-slept for most of the night and he enjoyed eating almost hourly.
We finally have been doing sleep training and working towards night weaning. Last week he ate only twice most nights and that really made my supply dip. We had a slip in our training and he came to bed with me Saturday and last night and I noticed that he doesn't seem to be getting much milk. Also - I normally get 9-10 ounces in my 15-20 minutes of my one pump a day. Monday I got 7 and today I got 5.
Right now Jack is 45 weeks old (10.5 months) and I have 7 weeks left until he's one. I had planned on slowly weaning him when he turned one. I had wanted to start to offer less and substitute in frozen milk (I have about 500 ounces) and cows milk instead of feedings. I had planned to stop pumping at work at the end of May.
At this point I don't have a huge problem weaning early if my supply is choosing this time to really go. I haven't ever had to take herbs or eat oatmeal or anything like that and I don't want to increase my pumping either. I'm ok with not making it to a year if that is what is happening. Nursing has been amazing for Jack and I but it's also been a bit of a sleep crutch for him and we've struggled with night times for quite some time.
Anyway - I'm just a little unsure of how to proceed. What I would like to do is keep nursing, keep my one pump and dip into my frozen stash for his daycare bottles (he has 2 - 5 oz bottles while I'm at work). Normally he wouldn't always finish them both - but yesterday he drained both of them and she thought he acted like he wanted more and today he's already drained the 1st one. He never drains his bottles. (Almost never - never is a strong word). Back to my point - if I could just keep my 1 pump and supplement with my frozen stash for daytime feedings that would be great. However - I doubt that it's just my daytime supply that's decreasing. He seems to be wanting to nurse more in the morning and evenings too - like he's not getting as much.
I guess how do I know? Part of me is thinking that maybe I should switch to a nighttime bottle instead of nursing - since I'm trying to taper down his middle of the night feedings anyway? That way I would know he got a good feeding in before bed? Last night I felt like he barely got any and when he woke just 3 hours later and wouldn't stop crying - I figured he was hungry. I guess part of me is thinking that I need to make sure he's full before bed.
Now he does have 3 square meals a day - but didn't eat a big dinner last night. We ate kind of late and he was cranky then.
So - I'm wondering - should I try a bottle before bed tonight? Any thoughts on that? I'm not 100% sure he'd go for that and not nurse - but I could pump afterwards I guess just in case he demanded to nurse instead of the bottle.
I know the more bottles I give him that's just going to tank my supply more - but I don't really know what to do. I mean if I try that - then will I be ok to nurse him in the morning? How will I know if he got enough? Would direct nursing only in the morning and early evening plus his 2 bottles at daycare and 1 at night be enough?
How will I know if my supply goes more and he's not getting enough at those feedings? We have always been a one side nurser - so in the morning I could offer him both sides during the time before I leave for work... and then have him get both in the afternoon when I get home? Then give him a bottle and pump after he's asleep?
I don't know - this is all so confusing to me.
I know a lot of this has been rambling and me typing my way through some of my thoughts. But any advice or ideas are welcome.
One more note - if my supply does totally leave - my dr did give me the ok that Jack is fine to start on cows milk early at 11.5 months if necessary - if I ran out of my back up supply early. So I don't have to try him out on formula which is good.
Ok - what do you think? Thanks! Kim