Re: Slow Let Down and Significant Dip in Supply @ 4 Months
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6-7 oz at the pump is very much on the high side for pump output. 2-4 oz would be a much more normal amount of milk to get, for a mom who responds well to the pump. So I think what is happening here is that your milk supply has adjusted to a level which more closely meets your baby's needs.
Most moms overproduce in the early days/weeks of breastfeeding. Nature is conservative and wants to make absolutely sure that the baby gets enough to eat while mastering the art of breastfeeding. When a mom is making extra milk, she's more likely to feel full or engorged, to leak a lot, to be able to pump out a lot of milk at one time, and to experience fast letdowns. But this state of affairs does not last forever because making extra milk is a waste of your body's energy and also puts you at increased risk for nasty things like plugged ducts and mastitis. So after a while, your body "reads" the baby's demand and uses that to figure out exactly how much milk to make. When baby's demand and milk production adjust and synch up, it's normal for you to feel full/engorged much less often, to stop leaking or to leak less, and to see pump output and letdown speed decline.
Now, what happens to a baby when mom's supply goes from overabundant to just right? Well, the baby is often quite fussy. She got used to one style of nursing, where milk flowed out without much effort on her part. Now that milk isn't quite as abundant, the baby has to work for her meals- and most babies don't like that! They want everything to be easy!
So, what do you do? The best thing you can do is to not get into the "I will make things easy for the baby" trap, which often involves supplementary bottles and dipping into your stash and pumping up your milk volume and taking a ton of herbs. Instead, just engage your patience and let the baby figure out how to get the milk she wants. Let her learn a new, more efficient nursing style. Nurse her on demand, and if you have any concerns, watch her diaper output. As long as that is normal, there's no need to worry even if she is very fussy.
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