Re: Decreased milk after having mastitis
Welcome! I'm sorry about the mastitis. That stinks.
Mastitis often strikes when a mom is overproducing milk, or allowing large amounts of milk to sit in the breast for a long time. when you were pumping 8-9 oz each time you pumped, you were doing one of those 2 things. So, how often were you pumping? 3-4 oz per pump session is a much more normal amount to be pumping at a single time. If you are pumping that amount around 8 times per day, you should have enough milk. How much milk is your baby taking in a 24 hour period?
If you aren't getting enough milk to fill your baby's needs, the best things you can do are:
- Nurse, if possible. Babies tend to be better at removing milk from the breast and maintaining a milk supply than pumps are.
- Pump more frequently, and for longer time periods. The more often and more thoroughly you empty the breast, the more milk you will produce.
- Use the best pump possible. For exclusively pumping moms, a hospital grade rental pump is probably the best option.
- Make sure you are using the correct size of breast shields to ensure maximum stimulation and milk removal.
- See a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC.
- Try herbal galactogogues like fenugreek and blessed thistle, and as a last resort, preacription galactogogues like Reglan and Domperidone. (Discuss the use of all herbs and drugs with your midwife or physician).
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