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    Default Hormonal changes

    I've been noticing some light spotting lately, and with it a significant reduction in milk supply. (DS is five months.) How long should I expect the spotting / decreased supply to last? Milk production was way down all last week, and during pumping sessions at work I could barely get enough for the next day. Monday and Tuesday of this week were great, but then yesterday and today are low again?? I guess I would have thought that supply would be affected one week out of four, just like my period. Any thoughts?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Hormonal changes

    Some moms notice the pumping output is lower for like 2 weeks, starting at ovulation and going through AF, because of progesterone's influence.

    You can try calcium/magnesium supplements, as well as oatmeal, etc, to see if it helps.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
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    Default Re: Hormonal changes

    I've been eating oatmeal every morning since going back to work. I figure it can't hurt!

    I was just reading about the cal/mag supplement -- is there any harm in taking it all the time, or should it just be used during that period of low supply?

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    Default Re: Hormonal changes

    Try it both ways and see which way works best for you.
    Susan
    Mama to my all-natural boys: Ian, 9-4-04, 11.5 lbs; Colton, 11-7-06, 9 lbs, in the water; Logan, 12-8-08, 9 lbs; Gavin, 1-18-11, 9 lbs; and an angel 1-15-06
    18+ months and for Gavin, born with an incomplete cleft lip and incomplete posterior cleft palate
    Sealed for time and eternity, 7-7-93
    Always babywearing, cosleeping and cloth diapering. Living with oppositional defiant disorder and ADHD. Ask me about cloth diapering and sewing your own diapers!

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    Default Re: Hormonal changes

    Does it need to be a combination cal/mag pill, or can I buy them separately and take them at the same time? The only combination cal/mag supplements I've seen have something like 500 mg calcium, 80 mg magnesium, instead of 500/250 which seems to be the recommended proportion.

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    Default Re: Hormonal changes

    Argh, this is so frustrating! On Tuesday I pumped 20 oz (a new record!) in three sessions at work, but yesterday didn't even get to 14 oz which is what I send with him for the day. Today looks like it might be even less than that! I know I need to have patience to see if it will be resolved by the supplements or if I need to try something else, but in the meantime it's really upsetting.

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