I had the same problem with thinking my milk was running out due to the lack of milk being expressed. My conclusion was the breat pump was unable to suck out as much as baby could . So I stopped expressing and went to formula.
It's been 3 weeks since my 6 month old was on the breast and I still have milk availible! I'm wondering if it will every dry up! I put her to the breat the other day because she has been unwell (stopped breathing) and she thought it was great SHE BIT ME. So thats definatly it for us and the boobies.
Maybe be teeth waking baby during the night not lack of milk?!
Hope I have been of some help.
But i only pumped in the being because i had problems and by him not taking my milk it does slow down the milk. They say when a baby takes out the milk its better cause there working on your musles. Don't think that your baby isn't getting milk because he is if he wasn't don't worry you would hear him scream. What is happening because he is getting solids to now he is full field. He happy and you milk is like a drink for him and to sleep because he feels happy. Don't think because you give him solids that that is bad no it is that good that beens your doing good.
Hope i could help you as much as possible.
Buzz. Vic. 6mths old
Johanne_Chambers@yahoo.com.au plainland qld
Hope that works.
Zita, QLD, Mum of Patrick
I had no idea, until she went in to my local child health nurse and she was putting on about 80 grams a week(that was the first clue)
She was very fussy and would suckle from me for about an hour and then 20 minutes later cry for more (second clue)
Also my breast didnt feel as full or heavy as normal (third clue)
My nurse said i was drying up, which was rather distressing because i wanted to breatfeed her at least for the first six months of her life.
After we found out i had to put her on the bottle and shes alot calmer, happier and more alert after we found out.
So yes your breatmilk does dry up, i think it has to do with enviromental factors (stress, emotions etc)
Is your little man fussier than normalor wants more milk off you? How long does he take to feed?
Dont worry so much, your doing a great thing, and having formula on hand for a top up is brilliant.
I hope this has helped smile
Marti, NSW, Baby Boy born on 17th July 2003
I would to thank everyone for their repiles.
Eric is now 9.5 months old and we are still breast and bottle feeding.
The expressing is still going on slowly. But when I am at home Eric is fully brestfeed and is happy. He lets me know if he wants more or less. His feeding times vary, I try and put in back on, he pushes off.
The nurse is happy with the weight gain and growth. At 9 months he weighed 10.3kg and is 72.5cm long.
He now and then wakes during the night for another feed. I asked ABA and they say to go with the flow. Babies do not have a set feeding routine.
He enjoys he three solid feeds.
I also use the Advent Isis pump.
In the begining I also expressed heaps of milk, more that the 260ml bottle. I expressed too much at one stage that I got masitis in both breasts. They were producing for two babies. I had to watch to to express too much.
But now I am luckly to get 40-60mls.
I must say that the Avent products are the best. That you can express straight into the bottle, rather than into one and then pour the milk into another. That you can put different attachments onto the bottles for the baby to drink other things than milk.
I tried the Medela pump and I didn't like it at all.
I'm like the original poster in that i work so my baby is formula and breastfed! For the longest time I had the impression that I was drying up - until the night that I woke up after breastfeeding all day to find that I was leaking everywhere!
It is true that babies get more milk from you than you will ever get from a breastpump.
I would advise anyone who thinks that they are drying up but wants to keep breastfeeding to consult with a couple of sources. I say more than one because childrearing has so many pre-conceptions attached to it that we are often given the wrong information by well-meaning - but incorrect - practitioners. This includes the family doctor. THe ABA and NMAA are probably the best people to talk to - but remember that the decision to continue to breastfeed is completely yours and you should not be made to feel guilty if it isn't working out for you. There you go - off the soapbox now! smile
Hannah (3 yrs) and Harry's (born 22/7) Mum! QLD