Anyone having issues with pumping less around 9 months?

Kristan - posted on 09/26/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 9 months old, and I'm having issues pumping enough milk while I'm at work. I only work three days a week, so on those days I pump three times while at work. In the past few weeks I've noticed a big decrease in my supply. I'm not even pumping the same amount of bottles that my daughter consumes while I'm at work: 2 (5oz each)! During the days that I'm home with her, she shows no signs of not getting enough milk. Is this a problem with my pump? Or is she consuming less since she's eatng solids and it's making my body produce less? Has anyone had this issue? I'm so afraid of running out of my supply in the freezer, since she's going through it faster than I can pump it. I really want to keep her on breastmilk and not supplement.

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Celeste - posted on 09/27/2012

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Pump output doesn't mean a decrease in your supply. It's normal for pump output to decrease over time because of supply regulation



Have you considered reducing the amount in bottles? Generally, breastfed babies (no matter the age) need about 1.25 oz per hour of separation, which is usually about 3 oz in a bottle. This is to preserve the breastfeeding relationship.



Here's a nifty calculator to see how much your baby will need:

http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumpi...

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Kristan - posted on 09/27/2012

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That makes sense! What a relief. The thought has crossed my mind that she might not need as much since she's eating solids, but then I keep thinking that she's growing so she needs more. I completley see what you're saying, now. I have noticed her not taking nearly as long to nurse, so I'm sure that's a combo of her being efficient & not consuming as much.

Thanks so much for your input!

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