Today, 12:32 PM
Do you notice baby nursing less often since this started?
My guess would be that it is more likely that your pump output, not your production, is decreasing, due to either the pump needing some troubleshooting or just because you are hitting the dreaded 'pump slump."
one more 'meal" of solids is not likely to impact milk production but it depends on what we mean by a "meal." Some of those baby food jars are enormous. How much fruit are we talking? Is it in a puree? (so contains lots of water as well) etc.
I do not think it is appropriate to send less milk. If baby was older and eating lots and lots of solids that would be one thing, but for a 7-8 year old, 8 ounces seems perfectly reasonable for a 7 hour separation. Of course if you just do not have that much to send, you will need to decide whether to pump more often, consider formula, or yes send less milk which may mean you have to ask them to increase solids.
From who and why? If you mean just from the daycare, I would suggest, do not let them pressure you. On the other hand, I do not think that 3 "meals" a day plus 8 ounces for an 8 month old is unreasonable- again, it depends what they mean by "meals"-it may help to know- how much exactly is baby being offered? Is baby given a bowl of food and allowed to eat with hands, or spoon fed? Is eating more self directed (this can be done even if baby is spoon fed, but it takes time and patience and caregiver "communicating" with baby) or is baby "encouraged"...