Getting milk supply back up after taking birth control

User - posted on 08/26/2017 ( 1 mom has responded )

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My son is 9 weeks old and for the most part we have never had any problems breastfeeding. He latched really well from the beginning and I always had plenty of milk to meet his needs. At my 6 week postpartum appointment my doctor prescribed me a birth control pill that made my milk supply drop significantly. My son used to only nurse for 5-10 minutes every 2-2.5 hours and he would sleep for long periods of time at night (at least 6 hours). Now he sometimes eats for up to an hour, wants to nurse way more often and I don't hear him swallow as much. Sometimes in the evening he will cry as he nurses because he isn't getting much out and he wakes frequently at night to eat. Additionally, when I pump I get hardly anything out. Most of the time I get less than an ounce. (I used to be able to pump 4 ounces per breast at a time.) I only took the pills for about a week and a half before I realized what was happening and stopped. I have now been off of it for 4 days and my milk supply is still low. I have tried everything I can think of to get my supply back up--I have been taking 3 fenugreek pills 3xs a day, pumping after every feed, drinking a lot of water and eating healthy. Nothing I have done seems to be helping much. I know it's only been a few days, but I am getting worried that I may have to start supplementing. Did I damage my supply forever or is there a chance I can get it back up to where it needs to be? I really do not want to stop breastfeeding this early, so any advice would be appreciated.

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Artemis - posted on 09/08/2017

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I was facing low milk supply problem and was producing less than an oz with each pumping session. I was nursing my baby as much as it was possible and was drinking tons of water too, but nothing worked for me. I read about a tea called Healthy nursing tea in some recent posts on a parenting forum and decided to give it a try. Luckily, it worked for me and now I can produce enough supply to satisfy my child exclusively through my breast milk.

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