Has anybody's production just STOP?

Sara - posted on 11/21/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Has anybody's production just STOP? I am pretty upset and makes me sad when my son eats formula. I feel like a failure cause I didn't go a year...

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Minnie - posted on 11/22/2009

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What makes you think you just stopped producing? Normally healthy mammals don't just dry up. Put your son to your breast whenever he wants it and get rid of the formula. Your baby must stimulate your breasts to maintain prolactin levels and he must remove milk for you to replace it with more.

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Brenda - posted on 11/24/2009

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Quoting sara :

I have a medela and it works great but nothing really comes out anymore



Well, you can attempt to use the method I described to get him back to the breast.  It does take work, and some dedication on your part to do it, but it can be done.  Relactation is very possible, and some mothers with adoptive children can begin lactation without pregnancy.  Continue trying to pump, even if nothing comes out.  Five to ten minutes at a time, several times per day.  If you have an Electric Medela, this should help.  Continue trying to put the baby to the  breast as much as you can, and you will boost your production. 



All else fails, Reglan and a couple other drugs can be given to increase production, as well as Mother's Milk tea, oatmeal, and Fenugeek (sp). 

Jovonna - posted on 11/23/2009

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that happened 2 me i BF for 3 months and i stared pumping more because i started working but everytime i pumped i could never get a full bottle i wanted 2 keep bf but i didnt think my son was gettin enough so i switched him 2 formula

Brenda - posted on 11/22/2009

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Quoting sara :

It just seems like my son doesn't even want my breast anymore, he just wants a bottle and in the morning a couple of weeks ago I could pump 5 oz from both breasts, now I get maybe 2 ounces but not really. I never had that great production I guess I just have to except it..



He's gotten used to the faster flow of the bottle.  This happens quite a bit, and without a good quality pump, you will dry up eventually.  Unless you have a hosptial grade, an Ameda or a Medela, you will not keep your production from dropping off.  The lesser quality pumps just do not do an good enough job.  No pump will ever get as much as the baby will, however, so even if you think you are not pumping much when he skips a meal and takes the bottle, there is milk there he is getting you cannot.  Pumps do not trigger multiple let downs, the baby does.



If you want to get him back to breast, start a feed with the bottle, let him take maybe a half an oz to an oz, then switch to the breast.  The initial bottle will take the edge  off his hunger and make him more patient for the slower flow from the milk.  Make sure you have the slowest flow nipple possible, and that they are new nipples, they expand and become bigger as they get older.

Sara - posted on 11/22/2009

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It just seems like my son doesn't even want my breast anymore, he just wants a bottle and in the morning a couple of weeks ago I could pump 5 oz from both breasts, now I get maybe 2 ounces but not really. I never had that great production I guess I just have to except it..

Minnie - posted on 11/22/2009

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Sunni,



Are you saying that your daughter is exclusively breastfed (no solids) and you are not attempting to hold her off from nursing with a pacifier, and she is losing weight and is dehydrated (scant, dark, smelly urine)? These would be indications you are not producing enough.



If she's gaining weight and isn't dehydrated you are producing enough for her.



Many mothers your daughter's age feel that they are not producing enough milk because their breasts do not feel 'full' and their babies tend to be fussy at the breast and snack frequently. However, both are normal and not an indication of low production. By this time the breasts are only producing what the baby is removing and babies 7 months and upwards tend to be quite distractible and prefer spotty frequent and irregular nursing.

Sunni Chea - posted on 11/22/2009

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My little girl is 8 1/2 months and I am drying up. I am not producing enough for her. I don't know why or what happened, except that I have cut my calorie intake because I just keep gaining weight and if I don't cut back I'm gonna be as big as a house. My problem is, my litte girl will NOT take formula. I don't know what to do because she is not getting full. If anyone has suggestions, please help. I too do not want to use formula, but I don't know what else to do. I'm trying to go a year as well.

Amanda - posted on 11/22/2009

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mine did, I ended up having to be put on pills. They work great, i'm producing enough to feed my baby girl all day plus store a little

Brenda - posted on 11/22/2009

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I agree with Lisa. Unless your child is absolutely not getting anything, there is no reason to think you have dried up without a cause. If you think you are making less because feeding frequency has gone up, that is not the case. And it is also not the case if you don't make extra. The body naturally ONLY makes as much milk as is needed. The days of overproduction end at about four or five weeks, because then your body knows how much to make. The only way to make extra (for a stash, for example) is to pump even when no milk is produced. Put away the formula or you'll never make milk because supplementing with formula will indeed cause you to dry up.

Kristi - posted on 11/21/2009

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Im scared mines going to stop my daughter is only 3 weeks old and I feel like Im producing less and less every day. I know it sucks but atleast you did what you could to give your baby a better start in life,

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