this weekend was nothing short of lovely. little j was quite snugly with me, and we spent a whole lot of time napping together. she kept herself in bright spirits, happy to be wherever she was, so long as there was a boob nearby, and i spent hours sniffing her head and making her giggle.
monday was apparently rough for her, however. i think j is still getting used to the transition from my presence to my absence, from boob to bottle. h said that she was fussy all day, and would wake up in the middle of the nap with a panicked wail. her demeanor totally changed when i got home, and she spent the whole evening on the boob, sneaking in smiles and coos when she wasn’t suckling.
meanwhile, my milk supply is dwindling. i pump as soon as i get up in the morning, as well as 3 times throughout my work day. each day, i’ve watched my output (as it were) lessen by about an ounce each pumping session. my morning pump is usually the most productive: 13-15 oz, and this morning, it was 10. during the day, i can usually get about 7 oz each time, and yesterday i pumped about 15 oz total.
i’m pretty confident jude has enough milk at home for today’s needs. but she consistently drinks 25-30 oz during the day. what if i can’t keep up? what if my supply continues to dwindle?
to make the milk go a longer way, we’ve started adding a bit of organic rice cereal (1 tsp) to a bottle or two a day, and though little j seems to love it, her digestive system has a hard time keeping up. she was crazy constipated one day last week, and consequently, we had to put some apple and pear juice in her bottles to help her along. (she loved this btw. she is realllly into sweet things.) it worked, and she’s a happy pooper again, thankfully.
oh, and did i mention that she’s starting to teethe?
so yeah. my supply. i’m trying to drink enough water at work. i’m eating well, and thanks to jude continuing to sleep through the night, i’m sleeping about 7-8 hours. i really don’t want to have to resort to supplementing with formula if i can help it. for all you presently or formerly lactating ladies, any suggestions?