Re: Sudden Dip in Supply... Normal?
I think you need to go with "kinda worried". Dips in supply when mom is pumping can be temporary- maybe you're a bit under the weather, maybe your period is coming, maybe you got a bit dehydrated. But they can also become longstanding problems if you don't do what is necessary to increase supply again. Here's what you want to do:
- Nurse more when with your baby
- If baby is sleeping through the night, wake him at least once to nurse
- Pump more often when at work (if possible)
- If more pumping at work is not possible, pump after feedings when home with baby
- Make sure your pump is in good working order and the shields are correctly fitted
- Consider using a better pump
- Review your birth control choices- some moms find that even "safe for breastfeeding" hormonal contraceptives like Mirena and the minipill have a negative impact on supply
Finally, please keep your expectations about pump output realistic! When a mom is pumping in place of a feeding, 2-4 oz is normal output. 6-7 oz is oversupply and generally not sustainable in the long term.
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