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What are the signs of milk drying up?

Laura - posted on 03/23/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




Could my milk be drying up at 6 months? My baby is 6 months old and I've noticed that my breasts aren't as full lately. When the baby nurses, he seems really frustrated, like he isn't getting enough. I didn't think I would start drying up this soon.


Brandy - posted on 05/02/2013




my baby is 4 1/2 months old and when I pump I am not getting near as much milk as before and my boobs are never full, is this a sign my milk is drying up? please help

Amanda - posted on 03/23/2010




Your milk is not drying up at 6 months, relax drink plenty of water, and wait out this major growth spurt. At around 6 months womans boobs figure out what they are doing, and no longer need to feel full all the time. Instead your body is learning to only let down when baby is actually on the boob.

Minnie - posted on 03/23/2010




Signs you aren't producing enough milk:

(You must be nursing on demand and not supplementing- once solids have been introduced nursing should be before solids are offered until 12 months):

-Your baby's urine is dark and smelly, of scant output (less than 5-6 wet disposables a day)

-Your baby's eyes and mouth are dry

-Your baby is losing weight

Do not use what you can pump, frequency of your baby's nursing, length of nursing, or how soft your breasts feel as indications of your supply. Fussiness in a six month old is likely due to distractibility and impatience...try nursing lying down in the dark for more efficient nursing sessions. And like the above poster mentioned, a growth spurt is a possibility as well.


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