Milk supply issues with one year old!!!

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Milk supply issues with one year old!!!
Wed, 03-18-2009 - 11:00am

I sure hope you ladies can help me!!!

My DD Lily just turned one year. She has been breastfed with the occasional bottle of formula for one year and I am very proud of that. I really really want to continue to nurse her for at least another 6 months, but I am pretty sure my milk is drying up!!!

My daughter never was a long nurser, she was very efficient and does not really drink a LOT of liquid at one time. Even if she is bottle fed she would never finish a whole bottle. I have been nursing her when she wakes in the morning around 7:30, again at 9:30 or 10am before her nap, again at 2 before her next nap, and again before bed around 7pm for the last 4 or 5 months. She sometimes will take a bottle of formula around 5pm but usually does not seem interested. She also nurses once between 4 and 5:30am when she wakes and I put her back to bed. She only wakes about 3 days per week and STTN otherwise. She eats three solid meals a day but eats very little and is VERY small (16 pounds).

For the last few months she has continuously caught cold after cold from her sisters and a little boy I look after. 2 weeks ago her cough was very concerning and she was lethargic and not eating solids at all, so I took her to the doctor to find that she has pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics. Last Friday she started to throw up and her doctor said she had caught a stomach bug. The following night myself and her sister also caught the bug and I spent the next 3 days throwing up myself. She is not throwing up anymore but does have diarrhea (probably more from the antibiotics) and very little appetite for solids.

Because of this bug I have barely eaten in days. I cannot keep anything down. I have also been going through a tremendous about of stress the last few weeks. I am very concerned that my milk supply is drying up and I know it has drastically decreased at the very least. This morning when Lily woke at 5:30 and I tried to nurse her, she kept coming off the breast and crying. I DID hear her swallowing and felt a let down, but she only nursed for a couple minutes before she pushed me away. I put her back to bed and went back to bed as usual, but she kept crying off and on. Finally at 6:15 I got her a bottle of formula which she drank ALL of and immediately fell asleep. I am heartbroken that I haven't been providing enough milk for her, especially when she is so sick!

Is there any hope of me getting my milk supply back at this late stage of nursing and if so, how do I do it! I know my baby will be ok if I have to wean but I am really not ready to do that. I am very proud of having nursed her for a whole year, but I want to continue if I can. PLEASE HELP!!!!

Edited 3/18/2009 11:58 am ET by stepmomsungrl
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Registered: 01-12-2006
Wed, 03-18-2009 - 11:29am

I do think there is hope ... I had a simlar experience, in fact.