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    Default Low milk supply at 10 months

    I have a question regarding my milk supply. My baby was exclusively breastfed for 6 months. Since then, my milk has decreased a lot. I work full time, 5 days per week. She sleeps through the night. On weekdays I breastfeed twice per day and pump 3 times. I am pumping only about 3 ounces total, so she gets supplemented 1-2 bottles per day of formula. I tried reglan but I could not tolerate it (was very very sleepy). She eats (a lot) of solids. On weekends I exclusively breastfeed. She is doing fine in the urine/stool department. Her weight gain was okay until the 9 month visit, where she had only gained 4 ounces in two months. But I am not worried about that, she looks healthy, acts satiated (even on weekends), etc. Here is my question: Pumping has really become so difficult. If I stop pumping, and feed her only twice per day during the week and all day on weekends, will I lose my milk? I have no intention to stop breastfeeding her. We both really love it and I want to keep going for now. I'll be interested to hear any shared experiences, thank you!

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    Default Re: Low milk supply at 10 months

    Quote Originally Posted by jojogmd View Post
    If I stop pumping, and feed her only twice per day during the week and all day on weekends, will I lose my milk? I have no intention to stop breastfeeding her. We both really love it and I want to keep going for now. I'll be interested to hear any shared experiences, thank you!
    I don't think you will lose your milk, but I do think there is a good chance that your milk supply will be lowered if you eliminate those weekday pumping sessions. Remember, your supply equals demand: if you reduce demand, you're going to reduce supply. Your daytime weekend feeding sessions might become a bit frustrating if your baby finds that the milk isn't as abundant as she wants/needs it to be.

    That being said, I think there are some moms who do eliminate the workweek pumping sessions and also find that their supply is still sufficient on the weekends. Since you're only pumping 3 oz total during workdays, it seems likely that your milk supply would not be greatly diminished by quitting the pump. Of course, it's impossible to know unless you try it...

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    Default Re: Low milk supply at 10 months

    I find drinking a Nursing Mother's Tea gives my supply a good boost....maybe you could try that? Anyway, I don't think you'll totally dry up if you reduce pumping and such, but I think your supply would almost certainly dip. That would make things a little complicated for your EBF weekends.
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