Hi! I am a long time lurker, but wanted to ask a question. My daughter is almost 9 months old. She breastfeeds well, and takes pumped milk via bottle while I'm working. She is also experimenting with solids. She is an enthusiastic eater, but certainly does not take enough solids to really make a nutritional impact (which I know is normal and good for a baby under a year.) She has always been petite (around 25% for weight consistently) but her doctor is not at all concerned about her weight. He thinks that her smallness is most likely genetic, and doesn't recommend changing anything as far as feeding goes. She is meeting all her milestones. Even though I know she is fine, I still find myself obsessing about her weight. Adding an additional worry into the mix, I have noticed a substantial decrease in the amount I am able to pump at work.
My daughter sleeps a long stretch at night (10-12 hours) and I suspect that long stretch is affecting my milk production. I have added in a dreamfeed before I go to bed, and I wake up to pump around 3 am most nights. The additional pumping prevents me from dipping into my freezer stash, and my daughter does well with the dreamfeed. My question is this: am I causing trouble for myself down the line by dream feeding at this age? She will sleep through the night with or without the dreamfeed, and I worry that I am essentially reversing her night weaning. (Btw, this sleep stretch came about naturally. She is not swaddled and doesn't use a pacifier) My husband thinks it's silly to wake a sleeping baby to feed her, when she clearly would do fine without the feeding. He thinks it makes more sense to pump before bed, rather than disturbing my daughter's sleep. I tend to think that getting a few extra calories into her can't hurt, but maybe I'm wrong? I'd love some opinions from moms who are more experienced with nursing.