hi everyone, hope you are all doing well.
i have hit another bump in the road with my BF'ing journey. DS is almost 7 mos old now, and weighs approx 17 lbs.
recently (in the past 2 weeks), my left boob has been so flabby and barely full when i go to feed DS or pump. when i pump i get maybe 2 to 2.5 oz, and that takes a while. my right boob is generally much fuller and much more generous on the pump though.
anyway, i almost feel like my body is telling me, your time is almost up my goal was 1 year and i REALLY want to make it. i'm the kind of person who has always worked hard to meet my goals, and i don't want to fail on BF'ing. i even thought i could continue morning/night BF'ing once he reaches a year old just to keep the bond going.
is there a way i can encourage my left boob to catch up to the right? i don't know why it all of a sudden got this way. i feed him on one side each feeding. he is very efficient and only takes about 5-10 minutes to completely satisfy himself. we have been doing it the same way since he was born.
some other info:
DS has been on solids for about 6 weeks now. cereal 2x (maybe 6-7 tablespoons total), some apples or pears and/or some sort of veggie each day. so either 2 or 3 sessions of solids per day, including a little prune juice to help with his BM.
his weight gain has been VERY VERY slow, only about 1-2 oz a week since he turned 6 months. DH is very worried about his progress, but i tell him that he is putting out tons of wet diapers so it's ok. his BM's only come like 1-2x a week now.
DS is very happy though and thriving. he loves to play, babble, take baths, etc. he isn't crying for food and is actually very patient from feeding to feeding. he does pretty well with my nanny who has been with me for about 4 months. i would say he takes in between 15-20 oz of milk a day, in addition to solids. i know that sounds low, but he seems to be ok with it.
sleeping habits are good too. he goes to bed at 7pm and then wakes up between 6 and 7am. about 50% of the nights he will wake up between 2 and 3 for milk, and 50% of the time he will sleep right through. if he sleeps right through, he is STARVING by the time he wakes up, which is understandable
anyway, i was hoping a few of you might be able to share your experiences on whehter or not it sounds like he is getting enough? and if you encountered lack of supply on one side?
i don't know what to do and i feel like we are going to have to supplement if i don't figure it out soon...
thanks and sorry for the really long post !!