At 10.5 months, my son is still very happily nursing before bedtime and sometimes during the night and first thing (5am; he then goes back to sleep for 2 hours, usually) in the morning. He will also nurse before his naps if I'm home with him. I work either 4 or 5 days per week away from home, so pump milk for him those days. He takes ebm in bottles from his nanny. I've always had a REALLY (and I mean REALLY) strong MER and also, for the first 6 or so months of baby's my supply was very high. At one point I think I had 200 bags of milk frozen away! Now, though....things are really shifting. Sometimes it seems that a letdown takes 20 minutes to happen - especially at the 1am or 5am feeding and I'm not getting as much from my pumping times at work. Once upon a time, that was a 3 times per day 6 to 8 oz affair. Now it's 2 times and with luck 3.5 to 4 oz per time. The frozen supply is decreasing....and I'm starting to worry about what's going on and if I'll have enough milk for baby thru the 1-year mark (my minimum goal; I'd like to go longer).
Some other possibly useful info: Baby is really doing well with solid foods; that has been increasing for the last 2-3 months. I've just had my first 'real' (in addition to one 5 weeks prior that lasted 4 hours only) period two weeks ago)and am very clearly ovulating regularly now. I've had issues with blebs and milk stasis and plugged ducts secondary to blebs so am a little reluctant to try herbal supplements to increase milk production that way. But....is there anything that I can or should be doing to help insure that baby still gets what he needs from me?
Is all this 'typical'? Has anyone else gone through a kind of lull as their cycle starts to kick back up? The delayed letdowns really have me a little rattled since that is just not the way it has ever been!
thanks so much for any input.