I'm currently attempting to jump my supply so I can more fully breastfeed my 7 month old and give her solids. Here's a little back history: I have never fully stopped breastfeeding at any point, but, by doctor's recommendation, I was required to supplement starting at 3 months. Supplementing has become, at least, 75% of baby's diet- sometimes less. At most lately she has about 12-18 ounces of supplement a day, and she has been able to maintain or gain weight, but it does seem to be a bit slow going. Now, I've always thought that I had a supply issue (even from the very beginning) because weight has been an issue on and off, but lately i've come to realize that actually might never have been the issue....I'm sure its a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.
Ive begun pumping again to jump my supply and everything is okay- I have a so-so/decent volume of milk (thankfully) but even if I pump 6 ounces (it's been this way from the beginning) or more, I will only have 1/4 inch of visible hindmilk on whatever i've pumped (this is even after 45 minutes or so of good electric pumping). Also, She has an excellent latch and has been great about switching between bottle/breast although she gets frustrated with the flow. Now I know hindmilk doesn't just switch on but i'm sure I should have more hindmilk for all the foremilk i'm able to pump. I'm curious if anyone has had this happen before and if changing their diet/doing anything in particular has helped. Thoughts? Thanks!
ETA: i've bought and read mother food and i've seen great suggestions in there- including increasing dietary fat, but, even after eating lots of natural fat (fresh butter, full fat yogurt, etc.,) I haven't noticed much of a change lol just lots of weight gain for myself lol but my baby has lots of wet diapers (6-10) and because she's taking supplement, her poopy diapers are maybe 1-3 every day/other day or so but if she gets more breastmilk, it's definitely 2-3 a day.