Re: Milk is almost gone! need help
1. That "safe-for-breastfeeding" hormonal contraception is negatively impacting your supply. Some moms do find that methods like the progestin-only mini-pill or the Mirena IUD just don't work for them. If this is the case, choosing a different birth control method plus nursing on demand should quickly allow your supply to rebound.
2. What you are experiencing is normal. Most moms start out producing more milk than their babies need; this is nature's way of ensuring the baby gets fed while mastering the tricky art of breastfeeding. When a mom makes more milk than her baby needs, she tends to feel full or engorged fairly often or all the time, to leak a lot, to feel strong letdowns, and to be able to pump multiple oz of milk with ease. This state of affairs is unlikely to persist because making extra milk is a waste of energy and also puts a mom at increased risk for plugged ducts and mastitis. Therefore, most women find that their supply eventually decreases to meet baby's demand more exactly. When that happens, most women suddenly feel "empty", experiencing fullness or engorgement only when their babies skip several feedings in a row. They may leak less or not at all, their letdown sensations may decrease or vanish, their pump output may drop significantly, and their babies may fuss while getting used to the new flow speed.
Nurse on demand, don't supplement (even with your own milk), and watch baby's diaper output. As long as diaper output remains normal, your baby is getting enough milk even if he acts extremely fussy and frustrated.
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