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  1. #1
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    Default illness and decreased supply

    Hello All,

    I've had the unfortunate luck of getting my period and a cold at the same time! My supply really took a hit. My period has ended and I'm on the tailend of my cold. At possibility that my supply will go back to normal? I will admit I was bad a few days and missed a few pumping sessions while I was sick (I decided rest trumped pumping for a quicker recovery). but now i"m back to my regular pumping schedule. I'm pretty much EP and my baby only breastfeeds once a day in the AM when I have the most supply. I pump every 3 hrs (although not as frequently at work...it's just not possible). My goal is to get her to one year and she's going to be 10 mon on tues. I have very little freezer supply and I have had to start supplementing with formula because I'm not making enough.

    So I was just wondering if I can expect my supply to go back up (without having to like super pump or take supplements). Because I'm not sure what to do if I run out...my LO won't take straight formula! And we're almost there!

    Thanks...sorry for the ramble.

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    Default Re: illness and decreased supply

    It's hard to say. For some moms, supply does bounce back up after the end of their period and/or illness. For others, the only way to regain the ground they have lost is to put in a lot of work with the pump or nurse the baby a lot more frequently. I hate to tell a busy mommy to add more pumping/nursing time to her schedule, but I strongly suggest that you do it if you possible can.
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    Default Re: illness and decreased supply

    No, you are going to have to power pump to get it back. IME, that is the only way for an EPing mom to get it back after a cold. A baby would increase demand normally; unless you nurse more, you are going to have to do it artificially by pumping more. Sorry.
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    Default Re: illness and decreased supply

    *sigh* I had a feeling that would be the case....it's just gotten soo tiring...plus it's really hard with work and now that she's more active I don't want to be tied to the pump...I guess I'll do my best and hope that it comes back...enough to at least one more month! Thanks for the replies.

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