September 16th, 2015, 12:19 PM
I have a question about supply. My daughter is 9 months and has been taking solids since 6 months. She eats like a beast and will eat anything we give her (last night we had lamb meatballs and she ate 2 of them...plus some rice, fruit, veggies). But, I feel like we're in this vicious cycle: my supply has really dropped (pumping about 2 oz every 3 hrs at work, don't get engorged or full after 6 hours of no breastfeeding at night, etc), so I feed her more solids to keep her from getting hungry. Then my supply drops further, so I feed her, etc, etc. I feel like I'm trying to make up for low production by feeding her meals.
The problem is that 1) I'm afraid my supply will keep dropping to nil, requiring me to wean early; and 2) I really can't pump much anymore at work, and although I send a ton of solid food to her daycare, I have been asked twice to send more breastmilk because "she finishes it all". I am pumping very little, so I can't keep up with how much milk they want me to send. I know for a fact that they overfeed with bottles and have a very poor understanding of breastmilk supply (most of the babies are supplemented). My daughter is going through separation anxiety and can be a fussy, crying baby, so they want to soothe her any way they can. I just don't have enough milk to send her with more.
We just started this daycare 3 weeks ago and I'm already having doubts. I know lots of people who use the same place and they love it, so I'm reluctant to just...