Hi all - thanks for all your posts and answers. I've read through many past threads, and they answer and reassure - so thank you in advance!
Background: My daughter is 9 months today, and we've been BF from the beginning. yay!
I work full time, pump four times at work, and nurse on-demand evenings, nights, and weekends. We cosleep and she nurses 2-4 times at night (not sure, I don't really wake up). She's not eating much for solids, is not very interested. My normal output has been consistent, thank goodness until now. I usually try for 10-16 oz, my daily normal is right at 14-15 oz. I typically get 4+ oz in my morning pumps, and 3 in my afternoon pumps. I use an Avent double electric pump.
Four days ago, I stopped eating my typical oatmeal, fruit and peanut butter breakfast. I've switched to more grain-free, dairy-free, sugar-free eating, and I'm feeling really good with lots of energy. I'm definitely tweaking things as I go, but I'm trying to eats lots of good carbs, protein, and fat. I'm getting upwards of 1,800 calories, and trying to eat more to get to about 2,200. (I've noticed before if I eat any lower than that, my milk drops.)
The last few days, my milk supply has definitely been lower. I'm getting 2-3 oz per pump, with about 10-12 oz total. I know that doesn't sound like a huge drop - but it's making me worried. I have a tiny freezer stash, and want to BF as long as possible. I've also started hand expressing after two pumps.
Actual question: Do you think cutting out the oatmeal is causing less milk? Is it a typical 9 month slump? Am I not getting enough food? I can't pump any more/longer at work, but I could add a pump at night, I guess? Any other ideas? We're going to really hang out and nurse a ton this weekend. Thanks for your thoughts!
ETA: I had my first postpartum period last month and I'm due for the next in 5 days if my cycle is back to its normal self. So it could be milk drop from that too.