Re: Supply Decrease/Breast Injury
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Sorry you had such a rough time. The good news is that it sounds like you got through the worst of it, and at this point everything you're exeperiencing is in the normal realm, and is not an indication of poor supply.
Here's what I think happened: your baby was nursing roughly and caused some trauma to the breast. There was some bleeding in the breast, and that bleeding temporarily caused some plugged ducts. You got engorged, and that engorgement resulted in lowered supply in the damaged breast. Your body "reads" a full or engorged breast as reduced demand from the baby, and consequently reduces supply on that side. Luckily, you eventually cleared the plugs by nursing, which is, BTW, what you should do if this situation ever arises again. Babies empty the breast far better than the pump, and bloody milk looks gross but won't hurt the baby. It actually does not take much blood to tint your milk a truly shocking color.
A this point, the best thing you can do is to nurse on demand. Your body will match supply to demand, so as long as you allow your baby unrestricted demand, your supply will be fine. When you're at work, you kind of have to play it by ear. If you can get all the milk you need with the pump, great! If not, you need to use the pump to minic the demand a baby would give, which means pumping more frequently or perhaps adding in pump sessions after nursing when you're home with your baby.
It sounds like you're doing just great! I know it's hard to nurse through a bad episode like you experienced, but you didn't give up. That's awesome!
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