Hi, has anyone any advice for me, please?
I have been feeding successfully over the last 6 months, but every now and then my supply has been low. I believe this to be connected with my monthly cycle. But over the last week, my milk has nearly dried up altogether and I'm so unhappy because I'm not ready to stop breastfeeding yet.
I put my baby to the breast very frequently to encourage supply, but my boobs seem empty and they are becoming sore from sucking.
He'd just started to sleep through the night, but now he wakes again and he seems unsettled and in need of a decent feed. He has fewer wet nappies, but still at least 6.
About a fortnight ago, I started to give him a small evening meal of solids each day, mixed up with pumped breastmilk, which didnt seem to effect my supply, although I felt like I was contaminating him at first!
I am very active and exercise most days, and I try to eat a healthy diet. My sister thinks that I dont eat enough calories and that's the problem. Would that cause my previously plentiful supply to dissapear so suddenly? It's not like I crash diet or anything.
This is my fourth baby, and I fed the others until they were well over a year with plenty of milk.
Is it possible for my milk to come back now that it has got so low? Ive tried fennel tea, calcium and magnesium suppliment, bananas, more rest etc.
I feel like I'm failing. I will be devistated if I have give up feeding. This will be my last baby and I will miss feeding so much. Has anyone else had this problem? Do you know what might be causing it? What else can I do to get my milk back? Please help if you can. Thanks.