Decreased Milk Supply From Pumping

With William having been eating solids now for over a month, he needs less breastmilk and formula. I’d heard that breastmilk production would regulate and decrease at certain point in the breastfeeding journey. Unfortunately, this has been true for us. Despite numerous times pumping over the last day, for the first time ever I was only able to bring 5 oz total of milk to daycare. I’ve noticed a decreasing production from pumping for the last few weeks, but this was the least amount I’ve been able to pump so far.

I had really hoped before I had had William to not need formula at all. It was soon apparent that I would have to supplement, yet, I was hopeful the amount that I would have to use to supplement would not increase.

We’ve been sure to purchase formula with iron in it. So with this and the rice cereal and oatmeal we give him, he’s sure to get the iron he needs for brain development. Apparently babies need extra iron from6 months on when they can no longer get what they need from breastmilk.

There have been times when I’ve wondered how long we would get with breastfeeding. Despite having my milk pumping production going down, he’s seemed satisfied for the most part with the feeds in the middle of the night. I truly hope this isn’t the only breastmilk I can get into him and that we can continue along our breastfeeding journey for the next few months so I can get him to my goal of a year.

~ Danielle



45 year old mother to our infant son, William, with my husband, Matt. We live in California with our mischievous cat, Inky. I love our local sports teams (Go Giants! Go Sharks!), photography, the beach, WWE, reading and now spending lots of time as a family with one kid and one cat.

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