Re: Need help! Decrease in milk supply- drying up???
Welcome to the forum, and congratulations on making it to 4 months of nursing!
Okay, first things first: your baby is definitely not ready for cereal. The major health organizations (e.g. the WHO, the AAP) recommend delaying solids until 6 months. And after 6 months solids are supposed to "complement" breastmilk in the baby's diet, not replace it. If you need a replacement for breastmilk, use formula. This link covers signs of readiness for solids: http://kellymom.com/nutrition/starti...s/solids-when/
So how many times per day do you nurse or pump? And how many oz of milk does baby eat when being bottle-fed?
3.5 oz is a very normal amount to pump at one time, because most babies eat just 2-4 oz at a nursing session, making up for the small size of the average feeding by feeding frequently. 5-6 oz is well in excess of average and most moms won't pump that much at one time for very long, because your odd is good at detecting when it's making more milk than is needed, and reducing supply to match demand. When a mom is at work, and stuck with pumping only X number of hours, it can be tough to cue your body to make more milk. A baby would do it by nursing a lot more often, but most working moms can't simply double their number of pumping breaks! That means that a lot of moms need to pump after feedings when home with their babies. Your baby is sleeping through the night, so that would be a perfect time to pump to make up for any shortfalls in production.
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