Re: Supply dwindling at 10 months, please help
Don't worry about "stealing" your baby's milk by pumping. If she's willing to nurse enough, she will get milk even if the breast has recently been pumped. Milk is always being made, so you can never drain the breast dry. And pumping will increase your supply: every drop you remove with the pump is a drop you are signalling your body to replace.
So my doctor today recommended that I pump every 2 hours to get my supply up again, which I'm fine to do, but I don't understand that leaves enough milk for my DD?
Yes, that way your baby gets the bulk of the milk and you use the pump as a follow-up measure to signal the body to make more.
Should I be offering the breast first and then pumping after?
There's no good answer to this one because there is so much individual variation. At 10 months, some moms are nursing just 5-6 times per day, others 8-12. Basically, you should be nursing enough to meet your baby's needs, without paying too much attention to what number of sessions it takes.
How many times a day should I be breastfeeding at 10 months?
There is almost never a need for a mom who is home with her baby and nursing on demand to need to pump at night. She can just trust the baby to regulate her supply, and to train her body to produce more during the day with frequent daytime feeding. So it's unlikely that you sabotaged yourself by not pumping at night. Remember, breastpumps have existed for a very short time and babies for a very long time. Somehow the babies got fed before pumps were invented!
Also, what do I do at night with feeding and pumping?! Have I unknowingly sabotaged myself because she goes so long at night (sleeps through the night) without feeding, and I should have been pumping all along? How long is too long to go without pumping?
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