Is my milk supply drying up??

Bethany - posted on 04/28/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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I have been breastfeeding my son now for almost 5 months and about a week ago I started my period. Since then my milk supply has really dropped. I know this more so because I pump twice a day because my son takes two bottles a day and for the past three days I am not getting but maybe two ounces when I was getting more like four ounces each time?? Does this mean my milk supply is drying up? Can I do anything to stop it? I really want to continue to breastfeed him for the first year??

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Wendy - posted on 05/04/2009

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This is normal (when menses returns). The additional hormones in your system reduces the amount of prolactin (the milk producing hormone). Once your period goes away, most women see milk supply return to normal. Just keep going, your doing a great job!

Amanda - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had the same issue when I started my period after my son was only 2 months old. I went to a lactation consultant and she put me on a calcium magnesium supplement which worked wonders for me. During the week of my period, I typically double up on the supplement and then set my alarm for 3:00am when my milk supply seems to be at its peak to pump enough for an afternoon feeding the next day. I can usually get around 6 oz at that time in the morning. Mason is now 10 months old, and we are still nursing! It works for us!
www.lactationinnovation.com is the website where I bought the supplements. Check it out....hope this helps.

Bethany - posted on 05/04/2009

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Thank you all so much for your responses and your wonderful support. My milk supply is back to normal and we are still going strong with the breastfeeding. I am so happy that I didnt have to stop breastfeeding.

Rebecca - posted on 04/28/2009

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Sometimes starting your period will correspond to your baby starting solids or sleeping for longer periods at one time. The horomones can cause a temporary drop in supply, but if you continue to feed him on demand, your supply will go back to level off with what he needs. Your milk supply is not drying up, it is completely normal.

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Best way to increase your milk supply again is to stop pumping and FEED, FEED, FEED!!!!

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Lila - posted on 04/15/2012

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You can take an herbal supplement called fenugreek to help stimulate your milk production. I used it to start my milk with my daughter. I never had enough to pump, but she got enough nursing until she was weaned at 13 months. You may be making just enough for nursing, but occasional supplements of fenugreek prevented me from drying up.

Rachel - posted on 05/04/2009

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I never get a whole lot from pumping lot even when breastfeeding more and my baby always has plenty of milk when she's ready to eat.

Chelsea - posted on 05/04/2009

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No, the period hormones probably just got in the way with it. You milk is like a supply and demand system, just keep pumping, as much as you can and within a few days your milk should increase, there is also a tea that can help stimulate your lactation. Organic Mother's Milk, made by Traditional Medicinals, you can get it at any organic, or possibly online.

Yulia - posted on 04/29/2009

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Hi Bethany,

The return of menstruation does not mean the end of breastfeeding. You can, and you should, continue to breastfeed your baby even if you've started menstruating, even while you have your period.

However, you might experience a temporary drop in your milk house supply, probably because of the hormonal changes that occur during menstruation.

Continuing to nurse your baby frequently, especially at the beginning of your cycle, may help, but this temporary reduction in supply may just be par for the menstruating course. Your supply will return in a few days once your hormone levels return to normal.

So, be happy, it's just a temporary drop on the breastmilk department :-)

Dorena - posted on 04/29/2009

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Your milk supply is not drying up. I started my period about the same time and am still breastfeeding at 14 months. Once your period starts again you will see a drop in your breastmilk for a few days around the time of your period. It goes back to normal every month. I just made sure to pump a little extra and when my milk supply was up (most of the month) and used that extra to supplement on the couple of days when it was low.

Kelly - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had the same thing and after about a week, I was back to normal. It was so frustrating and I was worried I was done but once my period lightened up, my milk went back up so my little one wasn't hungry anymore. I am not sure why I got mine so quickly this time as I didn't get it at all with my first until I was done breastfeeding. But, such is life and I think we're okay now! Keep going and I'm sure you'll be okay. If not, try researching ways to increase your milk supply!

Rebecca - posted on 04/28/2009

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Sometimes starting your period will correspond to your baby starting solids or sleeping for longer periods at one time. The horomones can cause a temporary drop in supply, but if you continue to feed him on demand, your supply will go back to level off with what he needs. Your milk supply is not drying up, it is completely normal.

Dorena - posted on 04/29/2009

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Your milk supply is not drying up. I started my period about the same time and am still breastfeeding at 14 months. Once your period starts again you will see a drop in your breastmilk for a few days around the time of your period. It goes back to normal every month. I just made sure to pump a little extra and when my milk supply was up (most of the month) and used that extra to supplement on the couple of days when it was low.

Kelly - posted on 04/29/2009

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I had the same thing and after about a week, I was back to normal. It was so frustrating and I was worried I was done but once my period lightened up, my milk went back up so my little one wasn't hungry anymore. I am not sure why I got mine so quickly this time as I didn't get it at all with my first until I was done breastfeeding. But, such is life and I think we're okay now! Keep going and I'm sure you'll be okay. If not, try researching ways to increase your milk supply!

Rebecca - posted on 04/28/2009

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Sometimes starting your period will correspond to your baby starting solids or sleeping for longer periods at one time. The horomones can cause a temporary drop in supply, but if you continue to feed him on demand, your supply will go back to level off with what he needs. Your milk supply is not drying up, it is completely normal.

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