Worried Mom - Sudden Lowered Milk Supply

by Carissa Vincent
(chicago)

Second child is 2mths & i've slowed down dramaticlly on my milk production & devolped 4small red spots on my left breast.


I thought fenugreek would help me produce more milk but nothing has changed. is something wrong with me? should i stop feeding my son the very little that is coming out when i pump?

Please help?!

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Oct 01, 2013
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Low supply
by: Lyssa

Hello!

It is hard to tell what could be causing a low supply....or if you do have low supply. It can often be misdiagnosed. If baby is gaining weight at a steady rate, has 3-6 wet diapers a day, and seems satisfied at the end of every feed, you may not have low supply. What makes you think you do?

First and foremost, ANY breastmilk is better than no breastmilk. Having gone 2 months of breastfeeding is a fantastic start to your baby's life that will last a lifetime, and any additional breastmilk will still be great for baby!

I am unsure about the spots on your breast, but recommend you contact a healthcare professional for then to take a look if you are at all concerned about them. Unless they are accompanied by flu like symptoms (acy, fever, tenderness of the breast), I wouldn't think it was mastitis (infection of the beast).

If you believe you have low supply, fenegrek may not be the best option, as it can cause low supply or hide underlying causes such as low thyroid (which can be diagnosed with a simple blood test!)
The best thing to do is take ime for just you and baby. Spend a few days in bed on a "nursing vacation", breastfeeding often and when baby desires and with as much skin-to-skin as possible.
Staying properly hydrated can make sure your supply stays as it should be, as well as a proper diet full of real foods (focusing on veggies, meats, and fruits) and limiting junk food. You should be drinking 10-12, 8oz glasses of water a day and eating every 2-3 hours. Healthy snacking between meals is highly encouraged.

I would also contact a Lactation specialist or your local la Leche League to get more hands on help and to check for proper latch and tongue/lip tie that could be causing a problem.

You can do this, mama!

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insufficient supply for day care

I am returning to work part time in less than two weeks. I need feedback from those who work part time and do breast pumping supplies for day care.

How do you do this and how much a day?

I plan to pump about 50ml a day, but it takes about 3 of that up to 150ml within 4-6 hours. I work 5 days a week. About 150ml a day times 5.

That's a lot so I am not sure on how to keep up with that ongoing amount?

I just fed my baby 150 ml within 4 hours. My baby will be in day care up to 5 hours, meaning 150 ml may not be enough so I would have to pump more than 150 ml.

Also, I am concerned about falling behind on pumping because that's a lot to pump up to 260 ml for 5 hours for 5 days worth each. And I don't want to pack in sufficient supply for day care. My baby is only a month old

I did try to pump after feeding and only came up to 1 ml. I cannot afford to fall behind because I don't want day care to run out of supply and then having to deal with a crying baby until I come to pick up. That would be humiliating.

Yesterday I produced a lot of breast milk and was able to store more than expected, but today it went straight down. Low on supply, but still feeding baby well. I cannot do that kind of unstable supply storing. How can I maintain stable supply?

Thank you

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Interruption in supply

by Bee
(NJ)

My daughter never wanted to breastfeed. After trying different holds and using a nipple shield and working with a lactation consultant in the hospital, we decided that I would pump exclusively and give her the expressed milk.

This worked great and I eventually could fill a 4 oz. bottle in about 5-8 minutes of pumping. I even had oversupply that I began freezing.

Then I got a mastitis(infection of the breast tissue) with fever and chills. I wasn't producing enough milk and used all of my frozen milk supply. I bought a bottle of formula, thinking that this was a temporary solution and my milk would return.

I called the lactation consultant for help and using her advice began pumping every two hours, even setting my alarm in the middle of the night, for 2-3 days.

I saw no increase in supply and by the third day of my second attempt at this demanding schedule, decided to call it quits.

I worried about my baby's health, never thinking I would be a formula mom. But my family was very supportive and after having that health scare of the mastitis, realized a healthy, relaxed baby and mother shouldn't be taken for granted. And for that I am thankful.

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