Re: Please help, milk drying up, 6mth old
Mama- giant hug to you. I can totally understand why you'd be crying over this- but I don't think you need to be as concerned about the situation as you clearly are.
Having breasts that suddenly feel empty and soft is normal after 6 months of nursing. Most moms notice a diminishment of that "full" feeling as time goes on and their supplies decrease to meet their babies' demand very exactly. Feeling "full" generally indicates that you're making extra milk.
So, how about the fussiness and increased night-waking? I don't think that necessarily indicates low supply either, because at 6 months those things could very easily be due to development or teething- and if she's not teething at 6 months I'm going to be pretty surprised. Teeth move around in the gums long before they start to become visible at the surface.
But wait- you only pumped 1 oz! Well, believe it or not, that's not a bad sign either. Pumping is not a good gauge of milk supply, particularly if you are using a manual pump and don't pump regularly. Manual pumps are generally pretty poor at removing milk, and pumping is a learned skill.
If you read all this and still don't believe me, here are some useful links on increasing supply and pumping:
Please let us know how things go at the pediatrician's. 6 months is the point when many moms are given terrible advice- being told flat-out lies like "Your milk is probably drying up" or "Your baby needs solids, so you should wean," or "Your baby is falling in percentiles, therefore something is wrong." If you hear anything like that, let us know- we may be able to help you troubleshoot.
Hang in there and nurse as much as your LO will let you! It's going to be okay, Mama.
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