Periods and low breast milk supply

Nav - posted on 11/07/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )

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Help breast feeding moms...i am solely BFing and just started my period at 4 months postpartum. I have noticed that my supply has really dropped off in the last few days. Baby girl (she is so cute!!!) does not seem to be getting enough milk!

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Sarah - posted on 11/08/2010

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Try not to let the anxiety overcome you. I know that's easier said than done. Just remember that stressing about it makes you produce less milk. I personally have only experienced a drop during my period in the later months when my supply was well established. You being in the 4th month should be pretty well established too. It only seems to take a few days for things to go back to normal. However, I have heard that breastmilk changes in flavor also when on your period. Maybe your baby is reacting to that. Just try to relax about it and know that it is normal.

Allison - posted on 11/11/2010

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You're not obsessive, you're just a concerned mom. And there's nothing wrong with that at all! I really hope the pumping works for you, but if not, the domperidone is great! Good luck!

Allison - posted on 11/10/2010

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I experience the same thing you do when I start a period while BFing. I never was able to nurse for very long after my children were born. It seemed that once my period started, my milk supply drastically dropped. This time I called my lactation consultant and she prescribed something called domperidone. It's main purpose is to increase your milk supply. And it's working. Insurance usually doesn't cover this type of prescription. Where I live it cost $55 for a 2 week supply (I take one pill 3 times a day). Anyway, I hope that the other methods can work for you, but if not, maybe this will help. Good luck to you!!!

Carolyn - posted on 11/09/2010

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okay there are a few things you can do here.

option 1 to deal with the slow let down : you can hand express or pump until the milk is flowing and then latch her. , the other thing is if one breast is letting down faster than the other, start her on the one that is letting down fast to get that overwhelming hunger out of the way during the first let down. then switch to the slower breast. i have the same issue and i use this tactic if my son is being impatient. its almost like let down 1 fills up the other breast so the milk is right there when i switch to the slow boob lol, atleast thats how it is for me.

as far as pumping, i would suggest pumping after each feed, even if only for a few minutes to get that last bit of milk out. emptying the breast, an empty breast signals the body that you need to make more milk and the body will answer as it thinks the baby is drinking more, thus upping your supply.

i have also read that you can pump about an hour before a feed, and then when the baby latches it stimulates the body to produce more milk, instead of drinking what is in the reservoir , she is stimulating you to make more, on demand.

i pump after the morning feed and freeze it sometimes after a feed during the day ( to get that fatty hindemilk and put it in a bottle to give to baby just before he goes to bed)

and i pump before i go to bed and store half, the other half i use for a dream feed.

if you are bound and determined to stock pile, and your baby is satisfied with one breast per feed. you can nurse one side, and pump the other at each feed. if you can pump while nursing the one side even better, you will probably get more milk that way since a baby will typically stimulate a stronger and longer let down, or more let downs.

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Nav - posted on 11/11/2010

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Allison thanks for the support and suggestions. I actually talked to the lactation consultant yesterday..i left a teary message and must have sounded quite distraught as they called me right back :) and she recommended 3-4 days of power pumping and if that did not work some domperidone. I am hoping that the pumping helps. I am going in to see them tomorrow jsut in case.

Also to all the ladies thank-you for the support. In regards to J's weight it has not dropped as i weighed her on the original scale and it is up...phew!!!! I feel like i must be the most obseesive parent around.

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Johanna - posted on 11/09/2010

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Unless it is hurting you, or you are out of time for that session, let her suck even though you are pretty sure that she is not getting any milk. Letting her suck will stimulate the glands to produce more milk. And there might be a little left and she is getting every last drop.

Nav - posted on 11/09/2010

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Thanks Sarah...i will try to hold strong though this morning was rough as she kept trying to latch back on and i know that there was no milk coming.



Ladies i need help in figuring out when to Breast pump. I am afraid that if i pump post feed and then pump an hour post feed i will not have enough for the baby to eat 2 or 3 hrs later. How does this work? How long if i start this type of pumping does it take the milk to catch up. I am BFing every 2-3 hrs during the day and approx 3-4 hrs at night....During this dip during my period i am trying to do so every 2 hrs and the letdown in one breast takes for ever...and she seems so hungry...not to be redundant. Please help and i will take the pumping advice under advisment. I do not have any milk pumped yet and am going back to work in Feb.



I appreaciate the help.

Nav - posted on 11/08/2010

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Thank-you everyone, I appreciate the support and help...i went and weighed Jiya today and had a great shock...she is down in weight from Oct 20/10. It was a different scale but i am worried....
Exactly how long before the milk comes back..i am in day 3 of my period and don't feel there is adequate supply. She is not fussy or crying but pulls at the breast and where one breast seemed to satisfy, now both hardly seem to do it. I have alot of questions and can't believe that something as beautiful as BFing is causing me so much anxiety...

Carolyn - posted on 11/07/2010

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i second the calcium magnesium supplement, i use it myself. works wonderfully to maintain your supply and avoid the dip. best part is you can find an amount that works for you. google it :)

Ania - posted on 11/07/2010

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I heard it happens during period and then it comes back up but I'm not sure check on www.kellymom.com

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Ive read that it does get reduced a bit within the first few days of your period. Dont try to boost up your milk supply, I made that mistake thinking my tike wasnt getting enough and am now dealing with over production and forceful let-down, its awful. Long as shes gaining and growing shes getting enough.

April - posted on 11/07/2010

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It's completely normal. It's supposed to do that...she is still getting enough, I promise!! It only drops a little and then comes back up. :)

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