Re: Why has my milk supply decreased so drastically?
Since your baby is feeding from both breasts, and you're not pumping unless you feel full, what's probably happening is that your supply is regulating itself to meet your baby's needs very exactly, without a lot of milk left over to give you that "full" feeling. This self-regulation of supply also tends to happen when your baby starts to sleep longer stretches, and your body figures out that it doesn't need to be making massive amounts of milk during the night- then all of a sudden you see less milk in the mornings.
1-2 oz from one breast is actually a quite normal amount to be pumping, especially if you've already nursed on that side, it's really very good. 5 oz from 1 breast is in the oversupply realm.
Now, as long as you nurse on demand and do not need to build a freezer stash for a return to work, I think you can probably just put the pump away and nurse, allowing your baby to regulate your milk supply be feeding more frequently when she needs it to increase and less frequently when she doesn't.
If you are worried that your milk supply may be inadequate, the best thing you can do is to nurse as much as possible and go back to counting diapers. Good diaper output = good milk input.
if you want to increase your milk supply and/or build a freezer stash, here are some things you can do:
- Nurse as often as possible
- Pump after nursing or in between nursing sessions
- Try herbal milk increasers like feugreek, blessed thistle, and oatmeal
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