I am sorry this is so long. Thank you for bearing with me here. My daughter is 11 months today and the last few months have felt like a comedy of errors that dont feel all that funny. Up until 9 months we had plenty of milk. I feed on demand when with her and pump at work. I use bm in her cereal for breakfast and she has 3-4 bottles at day care depending on what time we pick her up. At around 9 months my pumping output tanked. I think it is the pump since I get more with the manual pump then the electric. I cannot afford to get another pump and insurance will not cover a second one. I have bought new parts but that really has not helped.
Since I know the issues is not supply I do not want to do anything to increase the amount of milk I am making. I am engorged regularly and often in pain with plugged ducts that I have to hand express to get rid of 2-3 times a day.
So anyway, I have blown through my huge freezer stash because in addition to all of this we have lost some milk due to a freezer mishap that ripped some of the bags open.
I am now facing a need to supplement or decrease what I send to daycare and hope we can make up for it with nursing. Ellie has a dairy allergy so that makes things a little more difficult.
I do not know if I get formula and leave it at the daycare in case they need more than I send on any day, get some sort of milk substitute or send more solids.
And if I send formula or a milk substitute I have no idea which one to send.
A typical day currently looks like this:
8:00am cereal and fruit
9:00 3 oz bottle
12:00 3 oz bottle
1:30 lunch - about 2-3oz of veggies, chicken, beans, rice (whatever is left from her dinner the night before)
3:00 3 oz bottle
6:00 3oz bottle if she is still there
She also has puffs, mums and water throughout the day
we nurse as soon as I get home then have dinner about 20-30 min after she is done. Dinner is usually broccoli with either chicken, avocado, peas, carrots, squash, or whatever I have ready to go. As long as there is broccoli on her tray she will eat anything.
Then bath time and nurse to sleep.
Sometimes we do a dream feed around 11. She wakes up between 3-5 and moves to our bed where she nurses as much as she wants then wake up at 6 and repeat.
I am pumping enough to consistently send 2 bottles to daycare, sometimes 3 plus 2 oz for her cereal. I tried to eliminate the cereal so I could use that milk in a bottle but she was miserable all day. For some reason she really looks forward to it and helps her transition to being at daycare from being with mommy and daddy.
I am confused about what to do in the immediate future but I am also confused about what the next steps are with her birthday approaching. I really want to stop pumping but I dont know how I keep her full during the day if she is not having bm. When I was not touching my freezer stash I had enough to send her bm for months after her birthday and now I have none.
What do I do now to replace the 3rd and 4th bottles?
What do I do when I stop pumping to make sure she is getting enough calories?