Re: 9 month slump--universal?
I don't know. There is a point at which the pumping just becomes annoying. It started taking longer to get the same amount of milk out, I had to add sessions back in, etc. I think it was around 9 months with both my daughters. I was always aiming for 12 ounces with Lilah and 16 ounces for a while with Beatrix. Lilah never really drank more than 8 ounces, so I dropped down to two pumping sessions a day with her at 10 months, I think. With Beatrix, I was getting 12 to 16 ounces out for a long time with only two pumping sessions, but had to up it to three for the last two or three months. I don't know if I couldn't handle pumping long enough at those two sessions anymore, if I was getting too accustomed to the pump, or what. I was kicking myself for dropping my production, I wished I could just quit pumping and feed her frozen milk for the remainder of the first 12 months. But, I stuck it out and never had to use formula.
I think you will be fine. Don't expect it, just because others have dealt with it.
Lilah 10/08 nursed 25 months
Beatrix 01/11 nursed 30 months