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    Default Low milk supply or something else?

    I have a 4 month old. We have been doing great w/ giving EBM @ daycare & nursing on weekends. Normally I express 4-6 oz @ ea sitting...I pump about 4 to 5 times a day during the week. I recently had my first period since being pregnant. About a week prior I noticed the consistancy of the milk in my right breast was a lot more watery than the left. This seems to have evened out, however now I can barely pump a total of 2 ounces combined.
    We have both been treated for thrush, with no complications. I am beginning to worry. Does this mean the decline of my breast milk supply?
    Should I do something other than pumping & nursing to increase it?
    I have read about MilkThistle...is this something that works?
    I would like to continue to nurse my son.
    He doesn't seem to be fussing at the breast. Has normal input/output & is sleeping the same amount of time that he normally has.
    Please help!

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    Default Re: Low milk supply or something else?

    Hi mama. I can't speak from experience, since AF hasn't come back yet. But from what I've read a lot of moms notice a temporary decrease in supply before or during AF. Hopefully someone with more experience will come along.
    Last edited by @llli*mom2littleman; March 17th, 2008 at 09:50 AM.
    Melissa, mom to my very busy 4-year-old little man and super busy 2-year-old princess.

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    Default Re: Low milk supply or something else?

    The return of Aunt Flo (menstrual period) can decrease some mama's supply. Read the stickie at the top of this forum for tips on increasing your supply & maximize your pumping output.

    Also, some women find calcium supplementation helpful with AF related low supply:

    http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/natur...s.html#calcium

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    Default Re: Low milk supply or something else?

    I've been doing the calcium supplement for about 4 days now...seeing no improvement & AF is over. I have been very tired lately...could it really be lack of sleep affecting my supply?

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    Default Re: Low milk supply or something else?

    I personally think lack of sleep can contribute to low supply, but every mama is different! I have noticed that when I get more sleep than I'm used to that my supply seems to be boosted somewhat. Also, I am one of the unlucky nursing mama's who got AF back right away post pardem... and I do have a noticable dip in supply just before AF arrives and during the first few days (pump output is less...) I never know what to do during this time because I also send EBM with DD to daycare the next day... and during AF I can't pump the usual amount that I send... I usually end up having to add another short pumping session after I have put DD to bed to get enough for the next day, and on the days my supply is lowest, I have had to give DD a little formula which I really hate doing... But I really don't know what else to do?

    Anyway, this post is probably not much value-added for you, I just wanted to let you know that I am experiencing the exact same thing as you!

    Hugs to you mama,
    Buff
    IRL all my friends call me Buff, Wife to CB since 10/11/2003

    Mom to DD - "MJ" born 9/2007 @ 8lbs 10oz, 21.5" She's 6 years old!
    My journey nursing MJ started HERE, but we got through it and she breastfed 19.5 months, self-weaned on 5/17/09


    Mom to my current nursling, DS - "ME" born 10/2009 @ 10lbs 1oz, 22.25" He's 4 years old! And yup, he's still nursing.

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    Default Re: Low milk supply or something else?

    is baby nursing alot a night?
    sometimes when they start sleeping more at night you'll see a dip in supply and just squeezing in an extra feed before bed helps.
    heres some more helpfull hints on supply issues

    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/lo...ly.html#supply

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    Default Re: Low milk supply or something else?

    Well ladies..it seems maybe the culprit was AF. A week later and I seem to be back to normal. Was so worried that I rented a medela pump....to be honest i am so used to my Avent Isis...it just does the job better.
    Either way, I am relieved! Now I know what to expect since this was my first experience w/ AF returning since my lo came along
    thanks for all the good advice

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