Re: Supply drop at 10 months... any other recommendations?
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A lot of moms experience a "pump slump" around this time in their babies' lives. It's usually caused by some combination of the following:
- Baby not nursing enough in general
- Baby sleeping long stretches at night
- Baby's solid food intake picking up, causing a decrease in milk intake and hence a decrease in supply
- Mom having to rely too much on pumping (pumping is not as good at maintaining supply as nursing is)
- Pump wearing down after months of hard use
- Pumping with an underpowered pump- usually okay in the first months of breastfeeding, but often not offering enough stimulation in the later months
- Mom needing a different shield size than what she started out with
- New pregnancy
- Mom using a form of hormonal contraception that inhibits supply
So, in order to get supply to bounce back, you want to do the opposite of the above list. Nurse more often, particularly overnight. Pump more often- and not just for a couple of days! We're talking weeks of work, here. Rehab the pump you have or use a better pump. Make sure your shields are properly sized. Make sure you're not pregnant, and if you're using hormonal contraception, think about using some other method of birth control.
Because you work from home, you have an option that is not available to most working moms, which is to simply nurse the baby. Have your caregiver bring you the baby when he's hungry, and take him away when he's done nursing. Sure, it will be time- consuming, but it's likely to be much less so than an extreme pumping program! And it's just for another couple of months- at 2 months you can start giving your LO bottles or sippy cups of whole cow's milk rather than breastmilk or formula.
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