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    Default Did you have low milk supply for your first baby and not your 2nd?

    Is this common? I'm having low milk supply issues but it's getting better. Just wondering if having another baby means i'd have to go through this ordeal again.

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    Default Re: Did you have low milk supply for your first baby and not your 2nd?

    I had very low supply with Charlotte, but also had no guidance and only a manual pump. With the boys, I was bursting at the seams from the get-go, have an older PIS pump and a freezer and a half bursting at the seams. And I need to pump now . . . .
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    Default Re: Did you have low milk supply for your first baby and not your 2nd?

    I never made enough for DS. I did everything. And it was never enough. I BF for 11 months but supplemented with varying amounts of formula from about 4 weeks. But I had oversupply with DD. Honest to goodness oversupply with overactive letdown. And I did nothing different. I had very different births. I had my mom around when DD was small. And DD never sttn (DS did from a few days old). Those are the differences and the only ones. It could be totally different next time mama
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    Default Re: Did you have low milk supply for your first baby and not your 2nd?

    I don't have personal experience, but I think every baby is different. @Mommal always says her supply was low with her first baby, but she had oversupply with her second! A lot of things can affect your milk supply, especially how your birth goes and how much support (and good or bad advice) you get, and you may have totally different experiences with each baby.


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    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    A lot of things can affect your milk supply, especially how your birth goes and how much support (and good or bad advice) you get, and you may have totally different experiences with each baby.
    So true, each person is different.

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    Default Re: Did you have low milk supply for your first baby and not your 2nd?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*joe.s.mom View Post
    @Mommal always says her supply was low with her first baby, but she had oversupply with her second!
    That's exactly what happened. First baby was an awful struggle due to a bad latch, which resulted in bad cracks and low supply. I was supplementing with formula, pumping round the clock, taking drugs and herbs... We dug our way out of the hole eventually. With the second baby I was totally ready for the same rigamarole, and instead I ended up block feeding because I had waaaaay too much milk!
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    Default Re: Did you have low milk supply for your first baby and not your 2nd?

    I don't know that my supply was low with my first, but I certainly felt like I had a lot more milk with my second. Well, in the sense that my second gained a lot more weight a lot faster. My first was always on the thin side, and just barely regained her birth weight after two weeks, while my second regained his birth weight by 4 days old.

    I figured the second time around my breasts already knew what they were doing and did it easier and better. Hopefully that will be true for you too!

    ETA: Oh, and along with mommal's experience... I think supply and the individual baby are entangled in such a way that it could very well be completely different with a different baby. Some babies are extremely efficient nursers while other struggle, and that's bound to affect supply. My first took weeks to learn how to nurse, my second caught on in the LDR room. I think that had something to do with the difference in the amount of milk I had.
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    Default Re: Did you have low milk supply for your first baby and not your 2nd?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*mommal View Post
    That's exactly what happened. First baby was an awful struggle due to a bad latch, which resulted in bad cracks and low supply. I was supplementing with formula, pumping round the clock, taking drugs and herbs... We dug our way out of the hole eventually. With the second baby I was totally ready for the same rigamarole, and instead I ended up block feeding because I had waaaaay too much milk!
    Thanks ladies for your answers. It gives me hope that if there's a next time around perhaps things will be better. Mommal how long did it take you to "get out of the hole"?

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