Dianne - posted on 05/25/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )
My baby girl is 9 1/2 months. She is a thriving, beautiful little girl. She has been exclusively breastfed her entire life. I had a MAJOR oversupply issue early on. My body finally started to regulate itself when my little one was about 5 1/2 - 6 months old. After that my supply just seems to keep circling the drain. I am taking fenugreek and drinking that awful mothers milk tea. I eat oatmeal twice a day. Here is her schedule...and she's pretty much like clockwork...
10:00am: She wakes up and nurses
10:30am: Eats whole grain toast, plain yogurt and fruit (or something similar)
11:30am - 12:00pm: Nurses (or more like suckles) then lays down for her morning nap. I pump while she sleeps.
2:00pm: Wakes up from nap
2:15pm: Eats some sort of protein, two kinds of veggies, and some fruit and gets some watered down breastmilk in her sippy cup (usually 1 oz milk/2oz water)
3:15pm: Small snack of cheerios
3:30pm: Nurses before second nap
5:15pm: Wakes up and immediately wants to nurse again. This is when she leaves to go to my mother-in-laws house so I can go to work on weekdays.
6:30pm: Eats a protein, two veggies, one fruit and 1/2 slice whole grain bread.
7:00pm: Drinks 5 oz bottle of expressed breastmilk.
7:30-8:00pm: My husband picks her up from his mom's. She eats a snack when she gets home.
9:00pm: Drinks a 7 oz bottle and goes to bed. I pump again when I get home from work at 1 AM.
Once in a GREAT while, she will sneak a third bottle in at my mother in laws, but that's pretty rarely. She seems content and adores her solids. I just don't know if it's because I was so used to being able to pump 7-10 oz from one breast at a time, and now I'm lucky if I get 5 oz total from both breasts. It just seems like I'm fighting a losing battle. It's hard for me to keep the expressed supply up. What if I can't keep up? I don't want to have to suppliment, but I have to make sure she has enough to eat. She's such a tall, slender thing as it is. Would it be horrible if I had to start formula at this age? What if she doesn't like it? I don't want to give up!
I'm just nervous. When she nurses the second time I have to massage my breast just for her to get enough. Sometimes I have to do that during her feeding at 5:15pm too. On my days off, I don't pump and we don't give her a bottle. I just let her nurse. She is allowed to nurse on command, but these are the times she has chosen and just seems to stick to. LIke I said, she seems happy and content, I'm just being a worried mommy. Any input would be nice. Sorry this is such a long one...