Re: Breastfeeding almost 12 months dip in supply
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on making it to 12 months and beyond of nursing! WTG, mama!
It's 100% normal for working moms to see a "pump slump" in the later part of the first year. Often it happens around 8-9 months, so you're lucky you went this long without having a problem. Pump slumps happen for a variety of reasons, usually including some or all of the following:
- Baby eating increased quantities of solids and consequently nursing less
- Baby sleeping longer stretches at night
- Pump getting worn out- most pumps are good for only about a year of heavy use
- Change in shield size- a lot of moms find that they need a different size of shields as time goes on and breast shape changes a bit
- Not enough pumping opportunities at work
- Returning fertility- many moms notice a dip in supply around menstruation
Now, you've made it to 12 months without having a problem, and that is wonderful!!! What you do at this point is very much up to you. A lot of moms wean from pumping at a year, continuing to nurse only when they are with their babies. If you would like to continue to pump, you should feel free to do so. If you want to boost pump output, try adding in more pumping sessions, waking your baby to nurse at night, rehabbing your pump, and trying new shields if you feel that shield fit is an issue.
At 12 months, you can start offering whole animal milk in place of or in addition to your milk. You can give your child bottles/sippies/cups of animal milk, or you can offer him other dairy products like whole milk yogurt and cheese. Just one thing: don't mix animal milk and your milk unless there is no other way your baby will drink the animal milk. The reason is that the storage guidelines are different for unfinished breastmilk and unfinished animal milk. Unused breastmilk can go back in the fridge, unused animal milk goes down the sink. You don't want your hard work being poured down the drain if your baby doesn't finish the whole bottle.
ETA: Bfwmomof3: Jinx!
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