Re: ADD Medication and Breastfeeding
with the Infant Risk recommendation.
I just want to add that your friend's experience with "deflated" breasts and hair loss was probably entirely normal and had nothing to do with the medications she was taking.
First, the deflation. Most women start out making more milk than their babies need; it's nature's way of making sure the baby gets fed while mastering the tricky art of breastfeeding. But after a few weeks or months of nursing, milk supply tends to adjust so that a mom makes more or less exactly what her baby needs, and when that adjustment takes place, it's normal for a woman's breasts to go from feeling full to feeling deflated. It doesn't mean her milk has dried up or is drying up. Rather, it means that her milk supply is on par with the baby's needs.
Second, hair loss is entirely normal in the postpartum year. During pregnancy, you don't shed. This is why pregnant women are often complimented on their full and lustrous hair! But within a few months of giving birth, your hair goes back to its normal shedding pattern and you lose not only your normal amount of hair but also all the hair you didn't shed during pregnancy! This is why a lot of moms get nice short haircuts within a few months of having their babies.
It sounds like you're nursing 2-3 times a day and pumping twice, correct? If so, that's a very low frequency for nursing and pumping. Most exclusively breastfed babies who are home with their moms nurse at least 8 times a day, and most of them go through phases of more frequent nursing when an increase in supply is required. If you find that your pump output is slumping, I would start by nursing more and adding in another pump session during the workday (if possible).
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