I have noticed a very interesting trend. Every so often I'd get a sudden drop in supply (literally overnight) that would last like 5-7 days. During those days I'd pump a lot less than normal during my pumping sessions at work and when I'm together with my baby and nurse him, the letdowns take forever to come. Sometimes my baby just becomes frustrated and doesn't have patience waiting so we'll try again later. In the beginning I'd try fenugreek and extra pumping and they didn't help much - it would only get better like a week later, regardless of whether I intervened with milk increasing tactics.
Whenever this would happen I'd vent about it to one of my breastfeeding friends so I just looked back at my email history and saw that this happened EVERY month! Seriously, like today I experienced another drop (I was extra-full yesterday, happens to be!) and I see in the history that this happened on May 8th too (and April 10th, March 13th, February 10th...). My baby is now almost 8 months old. This is really freaking me out because I do not have a period.
It's like I am getting period symptoms - sensitive nipples when nursing, drier than normal vaginal area, bloatedness, along with these sudden supply drops - but no period! Is this normal?
Does it pay to take a calcium/mag supplement to prevent these drops? Like do they really work?