Christine - posted on 03/26/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter is exactly 6 months old and we're having a problem. I need help before I panic!
I have seen a big supply drop. I know it is a supply drop because I've been pumping while I work 1 day a week for 3 months. Every single time I pumped before I've gotten 10 ounces (5 from each breast). Today I only got 5. I know that pumps are less effective at getting the milk but there are other things that lead me to believe that it is a true supply drop.
My baby has been CRANKY the last couple of days and I feel like it's taken longer for me to let down. I do not believe that I have thrush or anything else to cause the crankiness. Also, I took her in to be sure that she doesn't have an ear infection or anything and all was okay.
We nurse on demand, have not yet started solids and haven't made any other changes. She doesn't get bottles of EBM unless I'm working. Otherwise it's straight from the tap.
Here are my 2 thoughts: Could it be a growth spurt? And that would maybe make me see the drop in pumped milk because she is requiring more and removed more this morning before I left for work? I realize she's right at that age but thought if that were true I'd be pumping more while away, not less.
2nd thought: She slept through the night 2 nights in a row 1 week ago and then started waking up several times again. Could that have caused my supply to drop or maybe triggered an ovulation which would mean that I'm possibly getting a period? I've not had one yet.
Any suggestions would be great. Sorry for the length of this. Just trying to put as much info as possible out there so that I get accurate feedback.