My period returned when my son was 4 months old. Now, the two weeks prior to my period starting, I have a huge dip in supply. The dip is noticeable when it starts, even though it starts out gradually, but the few days before my period, it is very low (I normally pump 3 ounces every two hours, and just now only pumped 1/2 an ounce total after 3 hours). I have tried fenugreek to increase my supply with no noticeable change. I also read online that a calcium/magnesium supplement will work. This cycle, I took 1000 calcium/500 magnesium for the first few weeks of my cycle, and then when I noticed a dip, I increased it to the maximum recommended amount of 1500/750. I have noticed no difference from prior months when I was not on the supplement.
My son is 8 months old and I am trying to hold out through a year due to various medical procedures he needs. But I am rapidly depleting my freezer stash. I have enough to get through the next few days when my supply increases (after my period begins) but I'm not sure about the next few months, even with storing as much as I can for the first few weeks of my cycle when my supply is normal.
Oh, and not only has my pumping output changed, but so has the consistency of the milk (it's thinner) and my breasts don't feel full like they do when everything is normal.
Any suggestions would be very appreciated. I'm not sure what else to try.