Re: Pumping for 9 month old-- should I be expecting changes?
It seems to be very common for working moms to experience a "pump slump" in the 8-10 month window. It can happen because the baby is reducing his/her milk intake as intake of solids increases, or because mom's period is coming back, or because mom's pump is wearing down after months of use, or because mom is simply not responding to the pump the way she used to. So, lots of potential causes! Adding in a pumping session and rehabbing your pump are both great ways to start dealing with a slump.
I just have to at the "information" from your friend's pediatrician. From birth to 6 months, milk should make up the totality of baby's intake- around 19-30 oz per day, depending on the baby. From 6-12 months, milk should make up the majority of the baby's intake, with solids complementing but not REPLACING breastmilk. That means that many babies will continue to eat about 19-30 oz of milk per day until 12 months. The advice from the pediatrician sounds more like the advice given to formula-feeding parents, who of course can precisely measure their babies' intake.
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