Hi All -
I posted this in the breastfeeding forum, but thought I'd pick your brains too. I have a 10 month old daughter and we've had a great breastfeeding experience - a little rocky at the get-go, like most, but after the first few weeks old things have been smooth sailing.
I went back to work when she was 5 months old, and pump 3 times during a 7.5-8 hr day. She drinks about 12 oz of milk while she's at day care. She eats semi-solids during the day and we nurse at night and in the mornings before work. She sleeps for about 4 hours at a go at night.
The thing is, I am not expressing as much milk and it's starting to worry me. I've got some storage in the freezer, but for over a week now, it seems like getting 9 oz in a day is a stretch. I'm upping the number of times I'm pumping, but so far have seen no difference. For the past 3 days I've been drinking 'mothers milk' tea like it's going out of styles.
So, in an effort to head off a problem or find a better solution, I'm putting this out on the forum. Have others hit a low spot? Is there something more to do to up my supply/production? Do I just keep the pump hooked up all day (just kidding - but even just pumping 3 times already seems like it's most of the day)? Anything I'm not thinking of here?
Thanks for any input!