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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Milk supply has dropped

    My son Kolbe is now 2 months old and at his last doctors visit he had lost weight. At about six weeks I noticed a drop in my supply and sortly after I started my periods again. I haven't seemed to be able to increase it again eventhough i tried pumping every 2 hours as well as breastfeeding. What more can I do, and is this normal?

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    Default Re: Milk supply has dropped

    No, not normal. You may want to contact a local Leader or IBCLC lactation consultant (www.ilca.org) for some in-person help. They may recommend temporary supplementation to help the baby gain weight and be more active and alert at breast, while you are working on your supply.

    In the meantime, here is some information to get you started on dealing with low milk supply:

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html


    Good luck, and you are a great mom! This is not your fault, and the sooner you get help, the easier it should be to fix!

  3. #3
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    Default Re: Milk supply has dropped

    Does your son have a sucking problem, tonque tie, etc...? I would suggest seeing a LLL specialist, lactation consultant, or specialist who is familiar with this and other conditions that could affect nursing. The sooner you do, the sooner the problem can get corrected. There are many things like this that can affect your supply. You have to find the right person though who knows about these things. Some doctors will just say that you don't have enough milk. That is usually not the case though. Most women can lactate. There are very few that cannot. I hope that you get this corrected soon! I would suggested avoiding bottles for supplementation so that your baby does not get nipple confusion. First nurse, then use a supplemental feeding tube such as the Lact-Aid or SNS. Make sure that you use the tube AFTER nursing though and not throughout the feeding. That can also create a problem if you do. Take care!

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