Suply Changes w/ Pumping

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Registered: 10-12-2009
Suply Changes w/ Pumping
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Mon, 10-12-2009 - 11:44pm
Hi,
I have a DD who will turn a year in 9 days. I work 3 full days per week & have been doing so since my LO was 8 months old. I typically pump twice during my work day & DD drinks these two bottles while I'm away the next work day. In the last 2-3 weeks or so, I've noticed a drop in my pumped milk. Where I made 4-5 oz per pumping session before I'm now making about 3 or 3.5 oz per session. Also, my breasts feel a bit less full overall prior to nursing or pumping (I pump or feed 4 times/day). NOTHING has changed in my routine or in the amount of solid food DD eats (which is quite a bit). I'm concerned that DD isn't getting enough milk, tho. Should I talk to my pediatrician about adding cow's milk as a supplement now? Or do things to increase my supply? Could she be self-weaning already? I had planned to continue nursing for another year, following her lead. I'd appreciate any feedback; thanks.
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Registered: 01-12-2006
Tue, 10-13-2009 - 4:05pm

Hopefully some else will follow up with their own experiences / thoughts, but I thought I'd take a stab also ...


1 - as baby increases the amount of solids that she eats, it is normal for your milk supply to go down.

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Registered: 10-12-2009
Thu, 10-15-2009 - 12:14pm

Thanks so much for the support & advice. I changed the little white valve covers before work yesterday & it did help; I got about 1/2 oz more milk per pumping session!

My main concern now is that my daughter might not be getting enough milk if we're only serving her 3 or 3 1/2 oz bottles 2x day 3x week. She does eat yogurt and cheese, but not a whole lot yet.

Anyone else w/ suggestions or support? Should I be adding a pumping session or taking a galactagogue?