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  1. #1
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    Unhappy sudden decrease in milk

    I have been exclusively bf my 3 month old and pumping (with manual and electric). About two days ago I am pumping btw 1/2 to 2 onces per breast only!!! I do not know what is going on!! My DD has been nursing 6 times per day (used to be 8) for long periods of time. Could I be drying out!?! If so, what can I do about it???
    Please Help!

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    Default Re: sudden decrease in milk

    Your body is actually probably regulating it's production. It's tricky because in the beginning many woman have so much milk and it begins to taper off as you feed on demand, your body knows how much baby needs. Pumping output of half to one oz is the normal amount actually for most women so you're still above average AND remember pumping output has no bearing on your actual production. Baby is a way more effective pump.
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
    My Boy 3-16-10
    And my sweet pea Sam 2-12-11

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    Default Re: sudden decrease in milk

    I understand that my body is regulating but I was told by a lactation specialist that pumping regularly at same time will increase my milk supply... Im trying to produce so my baby has food to eat at the sitters...
    It is so frustrating, I dont know what to do!!

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    Default Re: sudden decrease in milk

    In that case, you just save the smaller amounts and combine them to make a bottle. It just takes some time. Are you returning to work? You may find the work and pumping forums useful, if so.




    Christine
    Baby Girl Born 2/17/10 to her two mommies
    BF from day one. I looked up one day and realized I'm nursing a toddler!

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    Default Re: sudden decrease in milk

    Yep baby is drinking the milk so you'll have to build the freezer stash oz by oz, it's what many of us had to do.
    Mommy to Maxwell 10-9-07 weaned with love (a party and a remote control monster truck) on his 4th birthday
    My Boy 3-16-10
    And my sweet pea Sam 2-12-11

    Watch Your Language

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