Re: 2 items:hot flashes and diminishing milk supply, and alimentum supplementation
It's pretty normal for pump output to fluctuate based on when you pump, how often you pump, how well you respond to pumping and to the particular make/model of pump you have. Also, many moms notice that they can pump large amounts of milk when their babies are brand new, and then see those amounts diminish as time goes on and their bodies adjust to produce the exact right amount of milk, without a lot of extra left over to get pumped out. So having a couple of sessions where you're getting less milk than average or than expected is pretty normal.
Hmm, this is a new one to me. Are you taking any hormonal contraception? Alternately, have you had any problems with your thyroid?
After some reflection, I have noticed both times my milk diminished has followed days of hormone fluctuations with menopause-like hot flashes. Has anyone else had this happen?
Being in a "menopause-like" state postpartum is actually pretty normal- when you're breastfeeding your estrogen levels are suppressed by prolactin, the hormone responsible for milk production.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought Alimentum was for babies with allergy concerns? Have you tried any reflux meds for your baby/
Secondly, I was curious if anyone has ever had their infant have such reflux that the pediatrician recommended using Alimentum for 24 hours to see if the problem corrects itself. If so, what was your experience? I am trying it, but I am also desperate to be able to feed breastmilk to DD also.
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