This is my first time posting here My daughter will be 9 mo on 7/12. I leave two 5 oz bags with her at day care. She breastfeeds from me in the morning before her breakfast, and she also has breastmilk mixed in her cereal with her breakfast.
For a while, I was pumping WAY in excess, and I ended up giving 40 frozen bags of my breastmilk to a friend who was pregnant and still had a 9 month old who needed milk. I reduced how many times a day I pumped in order to reduce my supply (I was very engorged in the mornings and it was very uncomfortable). Now, I wish I hadn't reduced my pumpings. I am barely pumping out the 10 oz. that my daughter uses every day at day care plus what I need to make her cereal in the morning. There are somedays I am only able to freeze one 5 oz. bag. I am pumping in the AM after she is finished feeding (usually about 3 oz.), then I pump once at work (usually about 4 oz.), and once before bed (usually 4 oz). I'm afraid my freezer supply won't get me through until she's ready for cows milk.
I guess my question is this: Is this normal for a working/breastfeeding mother of an almost 9 month old? Will my milk supply stay this way (barely enough) or continue to decrease? Since she's so close to being one (I'd like her to have breastmilk until she's one and can have cows milk), is one the definite age to give a baby cows milk? The other day I broke down and made a bottle of formula just to see if she would eat it, and she didn't like it at all. In fact, she threw up her lunch That just scared me more thinking that if I can't make enough breastmilk for her until she's one...I dont' know what she'll be able to drink
Any advice to help me sort out my first time mother worries would be appreciated.