Re: My milk is getting low, HELP PLEASE!!
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Can you give us a complete weight history for your baby, and tell us how baby has been weighed (always in the nude, using the same scale, or using different scales with baby in different states of dress/undress?). Also, how is the baby acting- is he generally happy after feedings, or is he fussing and constantly wanting more? Is he producing a normal number of wet/poopy diapers? Are you using any hormonal contraception, and is there a possibility that you are pregnant?
Basically, here's what I'm thinking. After a few months, it's normal for the rate of growth and weight gain to decline, and for a baby to drop percentiles as they go from the super-fast growth you generally see in the newborn stage to the more moderate growth rate you get as baby gets closer to a year of age. Feeling "empty" or soft pretty much all the time is normal when a mom is nursing on demand and her supply and baby's demand are adjusted to each other- when you feel full, you're generally making quite a bit more milk than baby needs. Not being able to pump 4 oz at a time is normal- 4 oz is actually quite a large amount to be pumping at one time, particularly for a mom whose supply is well-matched to her baby's demand. Remember, the average feeding for a breastfed baby is just 2-4 oz at a time! And pumps don't empty the breast as well as a baby does. Not leaking means nothing- most moms find that leaking decreases or stops completely within a few months of birth.
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