How is your milk supply after one year?

Shannon - posted on 03/08/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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Mine seems like it's tapering off. I stopped pumping at work (one session per day) once she turned one last month. My let downs are much softer and sporadic. Is this common after a year? And, since she's on solids, do I have to worry about it so much? We still nurse around the clock (even through the night), it just doesn't feel like I have as much.

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Nancy - posted on 03/09/2009

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The milk changes as the baby ages, so that it is perfect for the stage they are at.  At around a year toddlers begin to spend more time exploring and less time nursing.  The milk changes to be more concentrated so they can get more milk in less time since they are so busy.



After a year with each of my girls I pretty much stopped feeling "let down" and my body would self regulate so I rarely felt "full" like at first.  Each of my girls nursed for several years so my guess is that the supply did not go down they just became more efficient nursers...



 

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Shannon - posted on 03/09/2009

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Yes, she is a pretty good eater for the most part (except when she spits out her chewed up food). And, yes, I'd like to get more sleep FOR SURE. I think she and I are nursing for comfort at this point. Just wanted to make sure she wasn't losing too much nutrition.

Bonnie-Rose - posted on 03/09/2009

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My supply seemed to taper off after a year too although I was also 3mths pregnant and had returned to work so had cut feeds down to once in the morning and once before bed. Your milk works on a supply and demand basis so when baby gets older and is eating more solids she demands less milk so you produce less. Over this period we tried getting our daughter used to going to sleep in her bed (rather than nursing to sleep) and if she woke my partner would see to her. Eventually she stopped waking in the night and started sleeping better than ever.



I expect your daughter is getting a good diet so needs less milk, you could take this as a good time to start to fully wean if ready or even cutting back on the frequency of feeds so you get more of a rest. Your daughter is probably mainly feeding for comfort now.

Bonnie-Rose - posted on 03/09/2009

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My supply seemed to taper off after a year too although I was also 3mths pregnant and had returned to work so had cut feeds down to once in the morning and once before bed. Your milk works on a supply and demand basis so when baby gets older and is eating more solids she demands less milk so you produce less. Over this period we tried getting our daughter used to going to sleep in her bed (rather than nursing to sleep) and if she woke my partner would see to her. Eventually she stopped waking in the night and started sleeping better than ever.



I expect your daughter is getting a good diet so needs less milk, you could take this as a good time to start to fully wean if ready or even cutting back on the frequency of feeds so you get more of a rest. Your daughter is probably mainly feeding for comfort now.

Allison - posted on 03/09/2009

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I stopped really paying attention about my supply after a year. I figure as long as baby is nursing, they are getting enough. Especially since the solid foods do a lot to keep them full. She'll nurse until she's done, whether there is milk or not. But if she's not complaining, she must be satisfied. And nursing past a year has more to do with the relationship and other factors than just nutrition.

Tamara - posted on 03/09/2009

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I'm still nursing my almost 18 month old and my supply is just peachy. It's not like spraying the world down huge but it's more than sufficient for my little one.

Kathryn - posted on 03/09/2009

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I think you're right, it can taper off. If you want to "pump up", I'd suggest a mommy/baby bed day...just hang out in your pjs and nurse, nurse, nurse. Works for me every time!

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