This is mostly a work and pumping question, but help from any BFer with a dip would be great!
DS is 5 and a half months, and the amount I am pumping at work has tanked in the last week and a half.
For example, my big pumping session at work is usually at 10 am. I usually pump between 10 and 12 ounces then, but this morning I only pumped 3 ounces in 20 minutes! Also, I usually pump between 18 and 20 ounces per day, and Monday and Tuesday I only pumped 12 ounces, even though I added an extra session on Tuesday. DS usually eats 16 ounces per day at daycare, so I think I am going to fall behind pretty quickly if this keeps up.
I just nursed for 5 days over Christmas, and DS seemed satisfied. He also seems pretty happy with his 2 morning feedings and two night feedings.
It is my supply or could it be my pump? I changed the parts a couple of weeks ago, but the suction just doesn't seem as strong. I also have been able to mostly keep to a consistent schedule of three times a day, at 10 am, 1 pm and 4 pm.
Is this the fabled 6 month slump a few weeks early? Did anyone else go through this? What was your solution? An extra session at work or home? Fenugreek? Mother's milk tea?