Breastmilk stopped suddenly coming in...help!!!

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Patty - posted on 04/15/2012

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Amanda same thing happened to me in 2004 when I was breastfeeding . I typically pumped and I was producing a lot of milk way more than my son needed. At 4 months my body completely stopped producing milk. I had no soreness at all but fortunately I had at least a months supply in the freezer. Word of caution I have been a very different person ever since this has happened. doctors could not explain anything. Now 8 years later I have finally been diagnosed with Vitamin D deficiency, which you need to supply milk while breast feeding. I'm not a doctor but it is something to look into.

Virginia - posted on 05/22/2011

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Try pineapple juice. I was drinking 1 to 4 8oz cans a day & it helped immensely! Good luck!

Monica - posted on 05/16/2011

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Do not stop breastfeeding even if there isn't much coming out. Pumping my other breast while I was feeding on the other side also helped stimulate my milk flow. Whatever you do, DO NOT stop breastfeeding; that is the only wat to get your milk to flow again. After doing that for a couple of days, be prepared to have an overabundance of milk that you will have to store for later use.

Richelle - posted on 05/22/2011

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I'm not sure if anyone else suggested it, but you could always go to GNC and pick up some Fenu Greek. Its an all natural herb that helps your milk flow better. It might not be that you stopped, but that your not producing enough. Also if it's your baby that has stopped taking you, he/she might possibly be on a nursing strike, which all you would have to do is offer it to her/him as often as possible.

Ginny - posted on 05/23/2011

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Don't base it on how much you pump. I could pump for 15 minutes and get no more than an ounce, but then the baby could nurse for the same amount of time and be gulping it down and have milk tricking out of the edges of her mouth when she fell asleep. A pump doesn't produce nearly as much as a sucking baby. Talk to the pediatrician. If baby is gaining wet and wetting diapers, she's probably still getting enough. If she's still hungry after nursing then she might be going through a growth spurt. You could try giving her a little bit of rice cereal or something after nursing. At 7 months she's probably ready for some solids in between nursing.

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Jen - posted on 05/22/2011

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Are your cycles resuming, or could you be pregnant? The shift of hormones can cause supply to drop. Otherwise, the other responses you've gotten are what I would suggest. I use a baby scale to weigh before and after feedings for our son. He is a preemie and I have to watch that he is eating enough. Your LC or ped could weigh before and after a feeding to help you get a better idea of milk intake than pumping.

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As many of the others have said, it doesn't sound like you've stopped producing. Once milk supply is established, which usually happens around 2 months, it is very rare to just dry up. Keep nursing on demand. It's important to remember that the feel of your breasts, baby's beahvior and the amount you pump are not indicators of supply issues. Her seeming more hungry may be due to a growth spurt. She'll want to nurse a lot to help boost your supply. Are you exclusively nursing or is baby on some solids? Has your period returned? The best way to tell if your baby is getting enough is by diaper count. 5-6+ wet diapers in 24 hours means your supply is fine. It sounds like you may have had oversupply (by pumping 5-6 oz) and your supply is just now regulating a little. Moms that pump that much at once usually have oversupply or they respond well to pumps. It's normal to stop responding as well to the pump as time goes on. Also some women experience temporary supply dips as their period approaches. As long as you continue to nurse baby on demand your supply will rebound quickly.

Relax. Everything you describe sounds perfectly normal. Read this link for some great info supply:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

Maria - posted on 05/22/2011

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This is a serious issue. Talk to your doctor, midwife or find a lactation consultant.

Hallie - posted on 05/22/2011

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Are you strictly pumping? or pumping most of the time? If yes to either you should stop because you body is just responding to that.I have read some studies online and they say that your body may stop producing if you ony pump or pump most of the time. Only pumping also reduces the quality of your milk.

If you are strictly breastfeeding or breastfeeding most of the time it could be a simple thing as a hormone imbalance and your doc may prescribe something for it. Or maybe your daughter was not nursing vigorously enough and your body thinks she is done breastfeeding. It is very important tho to keep trying every time she needs to feed as this will stimulate your glands and signal them to produce more milk. Also if she is still acting hungry after she nurses then i would suggest supplementing with some formula.
God luck, i hope everything works out well for you and baby.

Jamie - posted on 05/22/2011

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Increase the frequency of feedings and start taking an alfalfa supplement. It boosts pituitary function. :) its my lifesaver!

Elizabeth - posted on 05/16/2011

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If you are getting enough wet diapers, it could be that she is still hungry because she is going through a growth spurt and you just need to keep her at the breast more until you build up the supply. Stress from fear of drying up could then inhibit the flow when you are pumping.

If she isn't having enough wet diapers, there is a product that allows you to supplement with your stored milk while she's at the breast so that they will continue to get the stimulation you need to produce the milk. http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/pro...

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See Celeste's reply.Also, if you do get concerned, perhaps you could try pumping a bit more often to get your supply up. Or put your little one to the breast if you get a chance - she'll be more efficient than your pump!

Celeste - posted on 05/16/2011

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The amount you pump or the way your breasts feel are not indicators of supply. In fact, it's *good* that your beasts don't feel full. When breasts feel full, that can signal
milk production to slow down.

The best way to determine if baby is getting enough, is by diaper counts. If baby is getting enough dipes, then your supply is fine!

In addition, average pump amount is 1/2 to 2 oz.

Amanda - posted on 05/16/2011

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my baby is 7 months n 11 days old...so weve been bf since birth...and all day saturday and sunday less than an ounce was coming out when i pumped and she was still hungry after i fed her...usually i get 5 to 6 oz..in the morning my breastsare usually full and they havent been since friday...

Lindsy - posted on 05/15/2011

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Yeah we need more info, why do you think this and what have you tried?If you were making milk there should be almost no reason for it to just stop.

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Could you give us some more info, Amanda.What makes you think you milk has stopped coming in? It's vary rare indeed for breastmilk to stop coming in. As hs been suggested (by another Amanda) your supply may have just regulated itself.

Amanda - posted on 05/15/2011

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Have you tried expressing??? Also keep feeding.
How old is your baby??? If your baby is still very young your supply may have just regulated itself not dried up

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