My son is 9 months old. Over the past month I have had some weeks where it seems like I am not making much milk and other weeks when I wake up engorged. I think part of my problem is that he is teething. He has been teething pretty much constantly since he has been 5 months old. Whenever he starts to cut teeth he tends to eat like crazy (every 1 or 1 1/2 hours) and when he isn't teething he will go 2-3 hours without eating. During the teething spells he pretty much sucks me dry. During the non-teething spells I will feel milk letdowns before I put him to breast. We visited out pediatrician last week and he weighed 16 lbs 14 ounces. She asked if we are still nursing. I told her yes and he is also eating 3 meals a day. She told me that he should be getting 24 ounces of breast milk or formula each day. Now, of course I don't know how much he is actually getting. She suggested supplementation if I don't think he is getting enough. I have tried that and he doesn't seem to want it. He has taken formula a couple of times but most of the time he will nibble at it and then bat it away. I am not sure if he is not hungry any longer or if he just doesn't want the formula. My son is a very active and healthy boy and is developing normally so I really don't think there is an issue with him not getting enough breast milk. I do pump about twice a day (morning and evening) but I don't get much if any at all. This morning I got 1 1/2 ounces and last night I got drops. Now that you know my background here are my questions.
Is it normal for milk supply to diminish like this? I am hoping to nursing 2 years.
What can I do to increase my milk supply besides pumping, which I am already doing?
Any help and words of encouragement will be very appreciated