Hi there, I am hoping someone in here can give me some direction here.
My dd has been exclusively b/f (she is 7.5mths) and is on solids 3x day with 4-5 b/f's. I am unsure if they've become like little snacks to her except for the first morning and last evening one. She has a quick feed at morning tea, usually just water at lunch time and then another quick b/f at afternoon tea. I feed her at bedtime, though not to sleep.
Thing is, last week I had to prepare to leave her for Saturday and tried to express enough for even one bottle. I got barely 100ml in three days and think I've stuffed up my supply now as well DH gave her what I'd expressed and also a bottle of formula - her first one and I had to take a deep breath and just accept that, as she couldn't come with me so it had to be done (just a mental block for me, having lost our first dd I wanted to bf as long as possible with DD2).
She has seemed very cranky every day for a couple of weeks now and I am mortified that it might be (not teething nor a growth spurt or any other sort of change) that she has been hungry all this time??? Maybe my supply has really diminished? I have had AF since Saturday - third month it's been back - does your supply drop with the onset of AF or from when it's coming up? DH said after her bottle of formula she was most settled and seemed full and content.
Would I be able to give her a morning and an evening feed and formula for the remainder of the day?
I am not confident that I have enough to keep her satisfied during the day anymore. She has plenty of water throughout the day and is really enjoying solids now.
Perhaps she is naturally weaning from me? I admit to not having done much reading up on it as I thought I'd start looking into weaning her after her 1st birthday.
But do you think it sounds like my body and hormones and her are all adjusting to make the break sooner rather than later? I just don't know if I'd be doing the right thing by giving her a bottle of formula even once a day - it would affect my supply, right?? Aaah, help please?!