Re: questioning supply for my 9 month ol
Welcome to the forum, and congrats on making it to 9 months of nursing!
The situation you describe does not sound like low supply to me, though I can completely understand why you (and many other mothers) mistake this particular cluster of occurrences for low supply. The following are totally normal:
- Increased nursing frequency. Babies seek the breast for many reasons other than hunger, including teething, need for reassurance, desire to be close to mom, etc. Hunger can also be in the mix, though. Babies will nurse more often when they desire an increase in milk supply (remember, demand = supply, so increase demand and supply goes up), something that can conicide with a growth spurt or with a simply readjustment of supply.
- Decreased pump output after many months of nursing. This can happen for many reasons, including your pump starting to wear down, your body no longer responding as enthusiastically to the pump, or supply adjusting downwards. Many moms find that they must eventually add in a few extra sessions in order to make enough milk to fill the bottles they are giving.
You do not need to start supplementing with formula unless you want to. But it sounds like it would be a good idea to increase the number of nursing sessions, and perhaps to slip in a few extra pumping sessions as well. You're doing a great job and I think if you are willing to slightly adjust your expectations of what your baby and your body should be doing, you'll be nursing for as long as you want.
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