Re: milk supply desparately low...please help
Excellent advice from the PP! It's really common for moms to mistake normal supply for low supply. Most moms start out making too much milk; it's nature's way of making sure the baby gets fed while mastering the art of breastfeeding. When a mom makes more milk than her baby needs, she may often feel full or engorged, she may leak a lot, she may have a strong letdown sensation, and if she pumps she may get a lot of milk with relatively little effort. This state of affairs doesn't last, because making extra milk is a waste of energy and puts mom at increased risk for plugged ducts and mastitis. So eventually the body adjusts to make just enough milk to fulfill baby's needs, and not a lot of extra. When this adjustment happens, it's normal for a mom to feel "empty" all the time, to leak less or not at all, to have her letdown sensation decrease or vanish, and to have her pump output drop.
Additional questions for you:
- Are you feeding on demand?
- Are you taking any hormonal contraception?
- Are you pregnant?
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