Really sorry how long this is, but I figure it's best if I give all details.
I have been demand breastfeeding my 10.5 month old girl who is 14 lb 14 oz. She was discharged from the hospital at at 6 lb 3 oz. She has been following her curve, meeting milestones and is generally a happy )baby. At her 9 mo. check up, the doctor wasn't very concerned with her weight, but suggested supplementing either with formula or expressed BM. While she always has plenty of wet and dirty diapers and doesn't fuss at the breast, I have never felt confident with my supply. I can't supplement with expressed BM because I can only pump 1 oz. each session. 2 weeks ago she started sleeping through the night and I just have a bad feeling I'm not producing enough for her throughout the day. She eats 3 solid meals a day like a champ, but I'm always offering the breast prior to those feedings. There has been no way for me to tell though if something is wrong, as she isn't fussy at the breast nor seems upset when she pulls off. I'm pretty sure her latch is good, but when she starts swallowing after the let down (which I can never feel), she doesn't drink for long where I can hear the swallows, only a few minutes, if that.
Well today got me very scared. I had a 5 oz. bottle in the fridge for my mom who watched her and she didn't end up needing it. When I came home I nursed her and decided to use the bottle, just to see if she'd take it after nursing and if so, how much she would drink. She inhaled the entire bottle SO fast! This really makes me feel like there is something wrong now ... if she had enough during the nursing session, why did she drink that bottle as if she never drank any milk before it? I am so scared and this is the first time in almost 11 months that I'm considering formula, which I REALLY don't want to do unless this is all concrete proof that I cannot meet her needs and I should supplement for the sake of her health.
Thank you in advanced for any thoughts you have on my situation, in the meantime I'm going to start drinking Mothers Milk tea (is 1x a day enough and how soon can I see results?) along with eating steel cut oats.