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    Unhappy Milk is almost gone! need help

    My daughter is almost 3 months old. We have been going strong breastfeeding till about 3 weeks ago. When I pump, I get less then a quater oz. There has been times where iv gotten nothing! I thought maybe it was cause of the birth controll. I was perscribed the one for breastfeeding moms so I thought it would be fine. I also got my period the day after my six week check up. And in the next 30 days I had it a total of 3 times. Not just spotting but a per iod like the ones I use to get when I was 16! So I wonder if maybe my hormons are making it more challenging to produce milk. I have spent the day power pumping and drinking mothers milk. I just cannot seem to pump more then a 1/4 oz in an hour.
    Is there foods I can eat? Special tricks? Is my body able to make more milk? Are my hormones so wacked that I cannot?
    Any advice would be apprieated. Thank you all

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    Default Re: Milk is almost gone! need help

    I fogot to add in that I had stopped taking the birth controll bout 2 weeks ago.

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    Default Re: Milk is almost gone! need help

    Are you solely pumping to provide her milk? Does she breastfeed? Any other meds/health issues (thyroid, diabetes, etc)? Any supplementing (water? formula? solids?)?
    What type of pump are you using? How is baby's weight gain/growth/output?

    Info on supply here : http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...es/low-supply/

    Best thing to do if you truly have a low supply is to increase the stimulus your breasts get. Nursing being the best stimulus and pumping often second to that.
    Take a "nursing (or pumping) vacation", minimalize seperations over the next few days in order to try and boost your supply.

    Having a lactation consultant evaluate how baby is feeding might help you develop a plan. Keep in mind softer breasts + a quick feeding baby don't necesarily mean your supply is low! Alot of moms experience a temporary dip in supply as their period begins though generally babies just feed more frequently to compensate.
    Punk-rock luvin mate to DH and mama to DD1 (born '03) , DD2 (born '08) and nursling DS (born '11) who survived infant botulism.

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    Also consider if you might be pregnant..another cause of low supply could be pregnancy! HTH!
    Punk-rock luvin mate to DH and mama to DD1 (born '03) , DD2 (born '08) and nursling DS (born '11) who survived infant botulism.

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    Default Re: Milk is almost gone! need help

    She breastfeeds everytime she is hungry, then I supplement after she is done on the breast, iv been doing this ever since my supply has diminished. She's growing like a weed. No health issues. I pump ever chance iv been getting just to stimulate my breasts and to send more milk signals. I have a medula pump and style pump. I can do both breasts at the same time.
    Very frustrating. :'(

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    I am having this same problem. I started off strong and as of the last two weeks i feel i have lost my milk production. I am and have been on the mini pill for breastfeeding since 6 weeks after Evan was born. I have also had several periods in this time. And its been four weeks now. According to my doctor the periods are a natural let down that is caused from such a low dose pill. I have also spoke with a lactation specialist. I have been put on two herbal pills, 3 pills 3 times a day. Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle. They make you smell like maple syrup, that is natural from the pills. I was also told to stay in bed for two days with the baby, skin to skin. Every time he opens his mouth i am to have him nurse. I was also told that if the baby feeds, then i am to pump an hour later. An hour after a feeding/pumping the breast is in full swing of making milk.

    It is now three days later and he is fussy... Every time i give him a bottle of the frozen stuff i have saved for later use he eats like there is no tomorrow. Then he is happy again. I have read that the breast gets soft and feel like they are not making milk because the body is finally stable after the birth of the baby it is natural for this to happen, just make sure baby is nursing often. And even if they are soft they are still making milk.

    I would still like to hear from other women who are having or had this problem. I feel like i am starving my baby. I feel horrible.

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    Default Re: Milk is almost gone! need help

    2 possibilities:

    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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