Re: Drop In Supply From one Day To Another
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Big drops in supply are not uncommon, and they can happen literally overnight. Here are some potential causes:
- mom is using a new form of hormonal contraception
- mom is pregnant again
- baby hasn't been nursing enough or mom hasn't been pumping enough- this is especially a problem when the baby is sleeping through the night
- mom has a plugged duct
- pump is malfunctioning
- mom is stressed and anxious, and that is inhibiting her ability to let down
- mom is mistaking a normal adjustment in supply for low supply
Do any of the above sound like they match?
Milk is produced on a supply = demand basis. So when you want to increase supply, the best way to do it is to increase demand. Nurse the baby more often, particularly at night if the baby has been sleeping long stretches. Pump more often, using a high-quality double electric pump with correctly sized shields. If you are unable to pump more often while on the job, try pumping after nursing when you're home with your baby.
Some questions for you:
- How often do you pump and how often do you nurse during the day?
- Is baby sleeping long stretches at night?
- Have you been nursing on just one breast at a time?
- How much milk is baby being fed while you are working?
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