I would like some advice around milk production. Some background- I have a 7 1/2 month old girl. Healthy weight, started crawling recently, eating solid foods twice a day. I work three days a week so I pump at work and she takes the bottle at home with daddy. I work 12 hour days, I feed her right before leaving for work at 730 and then I pump at 9, 12, 3, 6, and 8 pm. I usually pump around 5-6 ounces in the morning and the rest are between 3-4 ounces. I get home by 9:30 pm and I nurse her right away. She goes to sleep and now only wakes up once during the night to nurse and then she's up around 6:30 am and she nurses. I've never had a milk supply issue- she is my third baby and I was a production cow with the other 2 for a couple of years with each.
Yesterday was my "monday" so to speak- I came to work after being off for a week. I pumped 15 ounces for the entire day which is a bit lower than I usually pump. This morning I only pumped 3 1/2 ounces which is half of what I normally pump in the morning. We have a freezer full of milk so I'm not worried about having enough at home- but I'm worried that my supply is decreasing and I'm not sure what I can do to help. I have a great pump- double electric Medela, I hand massage during pumping and I pump between 15-20 minutes with each session.
I don't take any medications on a regular basis. I recently started using Alaway eye drops for eye allergies but that's the only thing I take (other than prenatal vitamins).
Any advice? I can't remember if a drop off in production is "normal" as baby gets older. Oh, and when I'm home with her she nurses every three hours, good suction, good focus, she's a great nurser actually.
Thanks for your help!