I made it to 6 months ! Now what?

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Registered: 07-09-2011
I made it to 6 months ! Now what?
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Sat, 07-09-2011 - 12:38am

So far I have made it 25 weeks & I am 2 days away from my LO 6 month mark ! I can't believe it's been this long and she's gotten so big. Now, I plan on starting her on solids within the next week or so, although I don't know what that means for my pumping routine. I now pump faithfully every 3 hours except at night when I sleep ( my baby girl sleeps through the night ) I pump about 4 oz every time, and now I want to gradually start having her drink more milk fewer times a day as she will be eating solids in between. So my question is how do I transition? Do I still pump the same and feed her less times? & if I wanted to build it up more so that I could have more of a freezer supply for when I start working can I still?

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Registered: 02-09-2011
Sun, 07-10-2011 - 8:02am
I remember being excited about solids -thinking my dd would drink less. But as pp said that takes a long time. My dd is 8.5 months and just now dropping her milk consumption. As for pumping....I don't know if it would help or hurt you. I actually increased my supply a little when I slowly dropped pumps. It may also help you hang in there and be more relaxed:) Maybe try dropping 1 pump per day and see what happens. If you notice any drop in supply then you can always add it back in. Good luck and CONGRATS on 6 months!!!! (my dd max milk amount was about 35 oz. it was around 25-30 for a long time and is now 22-25 oz.)
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Registered: 07-09-2011
Sat, 07-09-2011 - 12:45pm

Thanks ! I can't wait till my baby girl can eat mostly solids but won't rush her into the process. My baby was a preemie so I want her to be able to get all the nutrition she can. My goal since I started was 1 year and I still want to stick to it. As for my milk supply in the freezer, it isn't so bad but I know it could be a whole lot better. I've read about people having over a thousand of ounces saved up and sadly that is not the case for me. My LO uses her freezer stash 2 times a week for when I work and as she's been drinking a lot more lately, my stash has gone down to around a hundred ounces, and is growing smaller everyday. Please help !

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Registered: 10-14-2010
Sat, 07-09-2011 - 6:52am
Starting solids is a pretty slow process, so probably won't change your pumping for a little while. In the beginning most of the food dribbles out, and they're only eating a minute amount, and some aren't really interested in it. It takes a while for them to get the hang of eating, and to eat enough to make a dent in milk consumption. However, you're probably right anyway that at six months you should be able to consolidate some of the bottles. If I remember correctly, my daughter was getting five bottles around that age, five ounces each except the night one was seven or eight. Her milk consumption peaked at around 28 ounces at three months and didn't drop appreciably until 8.5 months when she was getting three good solid meals. Start the solids when you're ready (it IS fun!) and watch and see. If you have a good supply and you have made it six months, you might play with dropping a pump and see, but be careful if your intent is to build a freezer stash. You might want to stick it out a little longer and get some more in the freezer. Otherwise, I would say drop-away at this point! Congratulations on making it to six months--good for you!

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