Is it okay to drop feedings and still keep up milk production?

Dianne - posted on 08/17/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I am wanting to drop my child's daytime feedings and use frozen milk for these feedings because I am not pumping much milk when I pump at work. My baby is 8 months old. Does anyone know if I will continue to make enough milk for my child's morning and night feedings if I am just nursing these 2 times a day?

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Ania - posted on 08/19/2011

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Ladies the milk production adjusts to your baby needs usually...if you fed on demand. The more you feed the more milk you are producing as long as your baby is suckling you will produce enough for these 2 times. pumping output has nothing to do with amount of milk you are producing

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Sally - posted on 08/20/2011

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Milk supply is based on supply and demand. Your baby can get out a lot more milk a lot faster than a pump can. The more you pump instead of nursing the less milk you will have for either. You might still make enough. Some people are lucky and make extra milk, but you can't count on it.
Good luck

Alexandra - posted on 08/20/2011

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My son went down to about two feedings a day (granted he was older, about a year) and I kept my production up for him to do that for 2 or 3 more months before he weaned himself. Granted I didn't pump in addition so I don't honestly know how much he was getting, (he got whole milk in addition) but he seemed satisfied. But you never know for yourself until you try. :) Good luck!

Ania - posted on 08/19/2011

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at this stage it should be ok and you should be able to BF her only those two times and produce enough milk for 2 times a day. That is possible if prior to that you were feeding her on demand especislly in her first 2 months of life

Sara - posted on 08/18/2011

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I know it's not the greatest new! But good luck and I hope it goes well for you!

Dianne - posted on 08/18/2011

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Thank you, Sara!! Very helpful...not what I wanted to hear, of course, but very helpful.

Sara - posted on 08/18/2011

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You're in the same boat I was when my son was 5 months old. I was back at work and pumping at work. I didn't get a ton either. My routine became this: Feed him in the morning, drop him off at day care with bottles, pump once at work (didn't have time to do it more than that), feed him at night before bed. This worked for me for about a month before I began to realize that my production was much lower than before. It didn't dawn on me until he was almost 6 months old that I was slowly drying up. At that point I did decide to just stop and go to all bottle feedings. I was a little sad about it but had given him 6 months of breast feeding. I had given him a great start.
Your experience with all of it may be different; every one's body is different. But, be prepared to accept that your body may not be able to keep up production. If this is something that you are willing to accept, then give it a try! (Truthfully, I loved breastfeeding. But bottles gave me more freedom and I transitioned pretty quickly to that freedom!)

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