Re: my milk has gone away!
with Jenna. As long as you are nursing on demand, at least 8-12 times per day, you're not pregnant, and you're not taking a new form of hormonal contraception, your milk isn't going to just vanish.
Often what happens is that a mom mistakes normal adjustments to supply for low supply. Most moms start out making more milk than their babies need; it's nature's way of making 100% sure the baby gets fed while mastering the art of breastfeeding. But this is not a desirable state of affairs in the long term, since making a lot of extra milk is a waste of energy and puts a mom at increased risk for plugged ducts and mastitis. So as time goes on, most moms find that their supplies adjust to meet demand very precisely, without a lot of extra milk left over. When this adjustment happens, it is normal to rarely or never feel full or engorged, to leak less, and to have pump output decline. Babies may also be a little more fussy when that adjustment occurs, because they have gotten used to the milk being very easy to get at (the more milk a mom has, the faster the flow). This is the point at which many moms get into pumping and bottles, trying to fix their babies' frustrations. But it's better to just nurse, and let baby learn how to get at the milk more effectively. Short-circuit this learning process, and you can get stuck always trying to keep your supply high so that baby has an easy time. There is always milk in the breast, and the baby can get it if she nurses well.
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