I'm in the middle of my second round of unexplained milk supply crashing and after doing everything right (frequent nursing & pumping, switching sides often, breast compressions, plenty of hydration) and lots of worry ... I came across the following on www.kellymom.com that sounds like a possible good lead for me:
http://www.kellymom.com/nutrition/vi...ake-table.html - Anemia in the nursing mother has been associated with poor milk supply, however.Background - before TTC I'd been slightly anemic for many years and was taking supplements with 65 mg iron. When I started TTC the prenatal vitamins I take have 30 mg iron, so I stopped taking the iron supplements to avoid overdosing on iron. My blood work while pregnant and at postpartum checkup always came back fine, so I figured I was OK at the 30 mg level of iron. My LO is 6.5 mo old and I've continued to take the prenatal vitamins, but my wonderful healthy balanced pregnancy diet is a thing of the past and these days I'm lucky to eat so know I'm not getting enough of those good dark green veggies. I'm also slightly hypothyroid but taking medication and have been checked recently so I know my thyroid level is fine.http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/oatmeal.html - Oatmeal is is a good source of iron. It is known that maternal anemia/low iron levels can result in a decreased milk supply, so it makes sense that eating something high in iron might increase milk supply in some women.
My immediate plan is to stop the prenatal vitamins and start taking the 65 mg iron supplements and see what happens. I'm also going to try and get an appointment this week with my doctor to get some blood work done and talk with her about what amount of iron I do need. My DH also promised to cook healthy meals.
I'm looking for additional information about anemia and low supply from either references or personal experiences. Can anyone help?
Thanks so much!