so up ubil recently ds and i were on track with the whole pumping and working routine. he took a bottle like a champ, and largely preferred his milk to solids, etc. i was pumping just about at the same rate he was consuming. the past 2x weeks though, have been very different. now he wont take any milk while at daycare. (about 5 hours). he solid food consumption has not increased. I am pumping about 2-3x as much milk as he is consuming, on a daily basis. i've never had an oversupply, so i don't imagine that's it. i have started gentle exercise on a regular basis. can that increase supply?? i'm confused and a bit concerned that he isn't getting as much nutrition as he should be... that said, at his last visit he was 18lbs and had grown 3 inches from his last check up, so he's not exactly withering away...advice??
DS not consuming much milk while im away...
prettyisa--he nurses pretty often at night, usually 4-7x/night--which is why he sleeps with me! he's almost 20lbs now, so he's not withering away by any means, and I can only assume he knows what he wants when he wants it. i've noticed even on the weekends when i am home, he prefers more solids in the morning, then more milk in the evening, perhaps because i'm usually home in the evening?? i only work 2 evenings/week. his food is all homemade, so at least he's eating good stuff, and he usually takes about 6oz milk with about 2 servings of food while he is at school. (5 hours long) then he ups the milk and eats one or 2 more servings of food when we are home in the evening.
how's edie doing with the adjustment? has your night nursing settled down??
I think he's probably doing just fine--maybe he's getting more from the solids, maybe you're making more milk than he needs? But 5 hours isn't too long to go between feedings, if he's eating right before and right after, and he'd definitely let you know if he was hungry, right?
rosie, WOW, thats a lot of milk! Yesterday I worked 10 hours, and he drank 4oz of milk... :( it's not always that bad, but that made me sad. i think part of this is constipation related, even though I am diligent about giving him foods that promote GI movement, like plums and pears, and I limit or eliminate anything that could be constipating him. now i'm upping his water intake a bit, and hoping that helps him. but the 4 oz really did concern me. he needs more liquids. maybe its a self perpetuating cycle. he wont consume much milk, which leads to constipation, which reduces he desire to consume milk... ugh. we are still working on it though.. thanks for asking..