March 05, 2009,
C.G. asks from Leesburg, VA on March 04, 2009
Breastfeeding Only Morning and Night
I have absolutely fallen in love with nursing my beautiful baby girl who is 10 1/2 months old. It was a true struggle in the beginning but somehow some way we've made it this far! However, due to work (I travel 1-2 times monthly for a night or two at a time, and am driving around alot) the pumping has becoming next to impossiable.
So I made the decision to only nurse her mornings and nights and pump while I travel. Just in the week in a half I've been doing it, my milk supply has gone down and now I don't have the "full" breast feeling anymore. I want to make it to the year point which is in mid April. Has anyone had success with just breastfeeding morning and night? Is it normal not to have that full feeling? If need be I will go back to pumping 1/2 times daily. I do just really want to make it to the year point so she can go right to cow's milk. I am concerned I'm drying up. If I started pumping again would my supply improve? Or should I just continue the morning and night feedings? She seems to be getting milk (she usually nurse about 15-20minutes). Thanks for all of your advice Mommy's.
D.N. answers from Washington DC on March 05, 2009
We did the same thing and wasa very successful, both with my single son and then with my twins. I breastfeed the twins morning and night only from 11 until 18 months.
W.B. answers from Washington DC on March 05, 2009
I went back to work when my DS turned 6 mo and I could not pump. At that time I started nursing only morning and night with an occassional dinnertime BF session. He is now 1 am I am still doing this. My breasts did feel much less full but I alsways felt a let down and DS always swallowed while nursing so I knew I didn't totally dry up. I think our bodies just adjust to the supplya nd demand. They are not as full because you are producing less milk but that's what you want if you are only nursing twice a day. Good luck!
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N.W. answers from Washington DC on March 05, 2009
Hello c g,
i'm in the same situation and it is normal for your breasts to not feel as full, but your baby is getting enough to eat at those times. Also you can start her on a substitute milk to prepare her for the switch at a year old. Also i want you to know that the more you pump or nurse the more milk supply you'll have, it's there it just dosen't feel like it.i hope this advice works for you as it has for me, good luck!! I'm a full time working mom/wife of 4 girls 16,14,6 and 6months
J.J. answers from Washington DC on March 05, 2009
Because of my work schedule the past few months, pumping became very difficult for me as well. And because my daughter turned 12 months in January, I began to give her whole milk while at daycare and continued to nurse her morning and night. We're going on 3 months just morning and night with the occasional extra feeding on the weekends, and it is working for us so far. I occasionally get that full feeling, but more often than not I don't. I can hear her swallowing, so I know that she is still getting something. I also took a few days off this past week and nursed her several times each day and my supply seems to have come back up. It only takes 2-3 days to adjust your supply, so if you start pumping again your supply may resume. Good luck!
A.L. answers from Washington DC on March 05, 2009
I definitely did not feel as full when I gradually weaned my daughter, as you are. My daughter dropped 3 feedings in a matter of days around her first bday. Once my supply adjusted to fewer feedings, my breasts were hardly full at all. I wouldn't worry about it, our bodies adjust to how much milk the baby takes (usually).
H.X. answers from Richmond on March 05, 2009
Hi, I'm experiencing something similar while weaning my almost 9 month old. He has formula bottle/cup feedings during the day and nurses with me for bedtime and late night. No fullness here after about a week of this routine. I was worried as well that my milk was drying up b/c of the lack of fullness. Not the case b/c he recently got very sick and cut his front teeth and refused the bottle/cup for several days so now we are back to full time nursing and he is satisfied.
This is round two for me with nursing/weaning and I had the same lack of fullness during the weaning processing with my older son. I believe your body adjusts rapidly and hormone levels drop OR increase each time you make changes in breastfeeding. If your baby seems satisfied, more than likely your milk supply is enough. You can always consult a lactation specialist in your area for additional information. They are a great resource for all stages of breastfeeding. Enjoy those precious moments!
C.S. answers from Richmond on March 05, 2009
I did this as well around the same point, but for a different reason. The baby didn't want to nurse during the day. She wanted the bottle.
So, I had that same sensation of feeling like I didn't have much milk. I wondered how the child was making due because I didn't feel like I had much. But I guess she was getting enough because she was satisfied afterwards.
I think your body is just adjusting to the new plan. I think you still have milk there. See if the baby is full after the nursing sessions. If not, then you may have to pump.
K.F. answers from Dover on March 05, 2009
I did the same thing when my child was the same age as your daughter. You don't feel as full. My daughter and I ended up nursing that way until she was 13 1/2 months old. Just make sure you keep doing all the things to take care of yourself that you are doing now (drinking water, eating as right as a fulltime working mom can be) and you'll be fine. Congratulations on your commitment to your daughter!
M.W. answers from Boise on March 05, 2009
Good for you for heading to the 1st year and still nursing with a busy schedule! I nursed my daughter for the 1st year as well, but 10 1/2 months nursings did decrease as well and I wasn't full either. I did not pump, I strictly nursed when it came to BF. I started my daughter on cow's milk in addition to breastmilk around 10 1/2- 11 months old. This way when she needed to go on to cow's milk full time at 12 months old, she would be used to it and ready. I think at this point you could try to start your daughter on whole milk...just a suggestion. Be sure to wactch out for any allergy during the 1st week....just in case, because you never know.
Hope this helps, and good luck!