Re: I guess my body is finished?
I'm so sorry you had such a rough experience with your daycare. Unbelievable how dumb people can be about their precious "policies", even in the face of all the evidence of what real best practices are.
It's very normal for pumping moms to hit a slump in the later part of their babies' first year. The overproduction that most moms start with eventually disappears. Many moms get their periods back, and their supply doesn't always bounce back easily after their periods conclude- so every month they have a decrease in production and then a hard climb back up to the necessary level. Older babies get distractible and start solids, which often means reduced overall supply and a harder time pumping.
So the slump in the second six months- normal. But what do you do about it? He's a list of things to try:
- A better pump. Now might be a good time to experiment with a hospital-grade rental.
- Pump rehab. I know you've changed all the parts on your pump, but have you changed the motor? Those di wear down with heavy use!
- More pumping sessions. This may mean pumping in the middle of the night or after feedings when you are with the baby, or on your commute to and from work using a hands-free pump setup.
- Night-nusing. If your baby is sleeping long stretches at night, you may want to start waking her to nurse. Night-nursing is exhausting but good for supply, and the more calories you pump into baby at night the fewer she'll need during the day.
Since you're close to the end of your stash, I'd go out and buy a can of formula. You need to know if your LO will drink it. Ideally, she'll take a bottle of plain formula. The storage guidelines are different for brestmilk and formula; unfinished formula must go down the sink, while unfinished breastmilk can be reused (unless your daycare has some stupid policy about that ), so you don't want to mix breastmilk and formula in the same bottle. You want to offer the breastmilk first and then give formula as a chaser, because who cares if the formula goes down the drain? Not as ideally, she will reject the formula unless you mix it with breastmilk, and then you have an issue to deal with. You want to try offering different ratios of breastmilk to formula: 1/2 and 1/2, 2/3 and 1/3, etc., until you find one baby will take. Then you slowly start reducing the amount of breastmilk in the bottle until baby is drinking on that's all formula, and then you move to 100% breastmilk bottles followed by formula chasers.
Hopefully all the above is academic and you'll have your supply back in the black really soon!
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