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    Default Milk supply way down at 9 months

    My 8-1/2 mo LO is bf. He takes the bottle (pumped bm) twice a day while I am at work and I nurse him all other times. He is on solids and is now solid meals three times a day. I have seen some drop in milk supply in the last month or so and took it to mean that my body was adjusting to demand. Two days ago, I woke up in the morning to one breast completely soft (it was engorged the previous morning!!). During the day too, I was able to pump2-3 ounces less than usual. This appears to be substantially lower than what I have pumped since LO was 4 mo. I am concerned because LO takes more milk than what I have been able to pump these two days.

    I did get my period after over 7 mo, last month and its due this week. I wonder if the drop in supply is due to my cycle? Have others experienced this? Can this drop be temporary? Any suggestions on what I can do to keep up supply. I have been eating oatmeal/mothers milk tea and started fenugreek tablets today.

    I really am not ready to give up BF at this time. Look foward to thoughts and suggestions. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Milk supply way down at 9 months

    My money is definitely on your upcoming period. Lots and lots of mamas see a supply dip for a few days when their period is due.
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    You can re-build your milk supply. pump in the morning, pump when you at work. Nurse your baby extra times when you are together. If he is a strong lustful nurser this temporary dip in your supply is an obstacle he can nurse his way around.
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    Default Re: Milk supply way down at 9 months

    LO doesnt seem interested in nursing more. He is an express nurser and is down to no more than 8 minutes these days. Hard to get him back on once he's done.

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    Default Re: Milk supply way down at 9 months

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*rf2010 View Post
    LO doesnt seem interested in nursing more. He is an express nurser and is down to no more than 8 minutes these days. Hard to get him back on once he's done.
    This is how mine was too. They become experts in efficiency as they get bigger. 8 minutes is good time for a 9 month old baby. If your supply doesn't bounce back, I would try the pumping for sure. But I'd wait and see over a few days to see if it's just your period. Eating the oatmeal and drinking the tea can't hurt either.

    Also, not to be too nosey but is there a possability you are pregnant? That is notorious for sudden supply drops.
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    Default Re: Milk supply way down at 9 months

    If it's due to your period, it should come back up in a few days. As Colleen said, it's very common to get a temporary dip during or just before your period. If you weren't pumping you would probably not even notice. I used to eat oatmeal during those days to give me a bit of a boost.
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    This is absolutely happening to me too! Almost the exact same thing - today I only pumped half of what he's eating at day care. DS is 9 months and eating solids three times a day plus snacks. My suspicion was that he was eating too much at school and so by the time he gets home he doesn't want to nurse as much - thus my body isn't producing as much. Now I'm thinking that it might be my period as well - I'm due for it in the next day or so. I hope that is it because my freezer supply is getting super low.

    In the meantime, oatmeal, water, and extra pumping and nursing sessions for me....

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    Default Re: Milk supply way down at 9 months

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*esthervegan View Post
    You can re-build your milk supply. pump in the morning, pump when you at work. Nurse your baby extra times when you are together. If he is a strong lustful nurser this temporary dip in your supply is an obstacle he can nurse his way around.
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    Default Re: Milk supply way down at 9 months

    I've run into this in the last week, LO just turned 9 months on 1.9.11. I increased my water intake in the last week and it has seemed to help as well as nursing sessions. I'm INCREDIBLY thirsty and drinking about 2 gallons of water/day and still thirsty. I have not started my period yet, but wondering if it will happen soon as I've had lots of ECM for several weeks. Sorry if it's TMI.

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    Default Re: Milk supply way down at 9 months

    A lot of mamas come on here worried about their supply around this time - especially pumping mamas (partly because I think we are so dialed into small changes in output). Basically, I think it's normal - at nine months, your baby is probably SUPER distractible and picking up the solid food intake, so your supply may indeed go down a bit. At the same time, your supply is getting more flexible - by a year, I didn't feel engorged in the mornings for the first time ever. Now I almost never feel engorged, and my breasts rarely feel "full." They're always soft. But none of this means that there isn't any milk when your LO wants it.

    I always notice my period is coming becuase Joe wants to nurse all the time - a sign that my supply is a little down - plus my nipples are a little tingly and burny and sore. It only lasts a couple of days, and he's never seemed to suffer from the dip.

    If this goes on more than a couple of days, or if your baby's diaper output declines, I would wonder about pregnancy.

    Otherwise, honestly, I don't know that you need to increase your pumping, etc. It sounds like your supply is basically good.


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