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Well, I say not so typical because I don't even know anyone else who has nursed this long, not to mention wanting to increase supply.<br><br>
Here's the background. I've been nursing from day one (ds is 12 months now), and around 10 months he became increasingly interested in solids. I gave in to his wants and started feeding him 3 "meals" a day with snacks in between. This is the first baby I've nursed past 6 weeks so I didn't know what I was doing with the solids, as it was so different before. Well, needless to say, my supply has gone way down. I tried to pump tonight because I decided I wanted to keep some ebm around for illnesses in the family or grandma babysitting for a few hours etc. I got 1 ounce after pumping both breasts for 10 minutes each. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> He has only been nursing about 2-3 times per day, but he nurses many times at night. I want to decrease the solids and bring my supply back! But I've noticed he's only nursing for very short amounts of time because there's nothing in there! He gets mad and bites me.<br><br>
So, should I try pumping about every 2 hours, or 2 hours after he nurses? What would you recommend? I'm going to cut out the snacks (he doesn't need them anyway) and reduce the amount of meals...perhaps even cut one out? I know the more I nurse him the more I makes, but with him not wanting to nurse due to the supply I'd like to pump to get it up more before I exclusively go back to just him. Does that make sense?<br><br>
Thank you for your help! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">
 

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Well, what <i>I</i> would do is follow my child's lead and not try to force him into something different. What do you think is the problem? Just because some women choose to breastfeed for a year or longer without giving solids doesn't mean there's anything <i>wrong</i> with a child that age eating solids. Your child is supposed to be your guide, not the internet.<br><br>
That said, if he nurses more, your supply will increase to match demand, just as it did before he ever ate a bite of solid food. And please don't fall into the trap of believing that how much you can pump has a thing to do with how much your baby can get out of you. I really do not think there is a need for pumping at all. If you feel you must reduce your son's intake, please do so gradually so his system and yours will have a chance to adjust naturally.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, what <i>I</i> would do is follow my child's lead and not try to force him into something different. What do you think is the problem? Just because some women choose to breastfeed for a year or longer without giving solids doesn't mean there's anything <i>wrong</i> with a child that age eating solids. Your child is supposed to be your guide, not the internet.<br><br>
That said, if he nurses more, your supply will increase to match demand, just as it did before he ever ate a bite of solid food. And please don't fall into the trap of believing that how much you can pump has a thing to do with how much your baby can get out of you. I really do not think there is a need for pumping at all. If you feel you must reduce your son's intake, please do so gradually so his system and yours will have a chance to adjust naturally.</div>
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Unless you are going to be gone for a significant stretch, I don't know why you would necessarily need to leave any milk behind for him. If you really want, you can maybe pump an ounce here or there and just stockpile them.
 

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Thanks.<br><br>
I don't want to cut out all the solids, I just want to get back some of the nursing time during the day. I know he wants to, because he comes to me to nurse but he gets mad and gives up because there's not much there. That's why I was wondering if pumping would help because I <i>know</i> he wants to nurse more, just doesn't have the patience to stay there long enough to increase my supply, if that makes any sense.<br><br>
As for the keeping the ebm around, the main reason is my dd and I both have a skin condition that is eased by bm. Generally it happens in the summer so I wanted to stock up. Plus for any other issues that might come up such as pink eye etc. I wouldn't need a ton of ebm, it's just when I saw that measly ounce I felt bad because that's why he must be getting so frustrated, there's just not enough.<br><br>
So, how do you think I should handle it when he is wanting to nurse but won't stay when he's not getting enough? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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You might try breast compressions and eating lots of whole grains like oatmeal.<br><br>
Here's a link to breast compression:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/baby/back-to-breast.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/concerns/...to-breast.html</a><br><br>
And nursing strikes:<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babyselfwean.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/weaning/babyselfwean.html</a><br><br>
Also, are you sure the biting isn't from teething? Mine were very bitey at that age.
 

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The amount you are able to pump is not necessarily any indication of low supply. I have nursed four kids passed age 2 and I could never pump much once my supply regulated at about 6 weeks pp.<br><br>
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Your son is so much more efficient than the pump--he's getting more for sure. Your ds could be teething, or distracted by hitting new physical milestones.<br><br>
I wouldn't worry. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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