I don't understand what my body is doing! I understand milk production is about supply and demand. However, the demand hasn't lessened, but my supply has dropped by about 4-5 oz per day.
My dd is 8.5 months old. I dual pump 3 times a day and usually got about 8-10 oz per session total (I also nurse her 3-4 times a day during the week and every 2.5-3 hours during the weekend--she seems v. satisfied when nursing). Now I average about 4-7 oz per pump session. The drop started suddenly last weekend after I had a 24- hour stomach virus. The virus lasted Sunday through Monday, and by Tuesday I noticed I wasn't pumping as much as usual. I figured I was just having a bad day. But the streak continued. I figured if the low supply was due to illness, it would eventually ramp up, but it hasn't.
This is very upsetting because I am struggling to make (4) 4-oz bottles to send to daycare. I've started drinking mother's milk tea three times a day. I also added a 4th pump session in the evening to supplement my supply. I am really upset because I have come this far without any problems and I feel like I am being betrayed by my own body. Is there something else I could be doing to up my supply?
One other thing--I once read somewhere that some woman experience a temporary drop in supply at 9 months. Is this true? Could this all be temporary?
Of course--this could all be due to an aging breast pump (Ameda Purely Yours using for 7.5 months now) too. But I think I will take this question to the pumping forum to see if anyone had a similar experience
Thanks all for listening to my rambling--this is so upsetting. My fear is my supply will keep dropping off until I no longer have milk for my baby (irrational I know but still nags at me). BF has become such a special time for me and my baby girl and I'd hate for it to have to end in any way, shape, or form. I especially don't want to have to start supplementing with formula.