Breastfeeding After Her First Birthday

Question:

My baby is 12 months and 2 weeks and she doesn't want to nurse like before. She only feeds 3 to 4 times a day (morning, 2 naps and before bed) and I'm afraid that she is not getting enough breast milk. When I'm at work, she would only take 7 oz of expressed breast milk from when she went to bed the other day (around 8 pm) until I get back (330 pm.) My milk supply has dropped a lot and I feel that I'm going to dry up soon because her feeding patterns have changed drastically. She does not drink cow's milk due to possible allergy and barely takes juice or water during the day. Is she getting enough calcium and fluids? How much breast milk is she supposed to drink in 24 hours? Thank you and sorry for the long story.

Answer:

Thanks for reaching out to us with your question.  This is a common concern.  As babies grow, and especially after they start getting solids, their intake of breastmilk does start to go down and that is normal.  It is great that you have nursed past one year!  Take a look at this great information from Kellymom.com and also see the details on how much -in general- babies at your child's age take. You can also mix her breastmilk into her solids if she is eagerly taking those and you can add in additional pumping sessions to keep up your supply. Remember, as baby takes in less breastmilk, your body will start to reduce the amount it makes but that is really normal.  Babies do eventually wean but doing it like this in a really gradual way is the way nature intended it.  http://kellymom.com/bf/pumpingmoms/pumping/milkcalc/ 

Best wishes,

Gina Ciagne, CLC

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