Breast Milk Slowing Down.. What Do I Do?

Bianca - posted on 10/15/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My son is 7 and a half months old and he has started on solid foods at 6 months old. He gets cereal in the morning, a jar of food for lunch and cereal before he goes to bed. He barely breastfeeds during the day anymore and at night is when he'll wake up a couple times to breastfeed and that is when all my milk comes in. For the past while now it seems that my milk has just slowed down basically to a stop. When my son wakes up to feed during the night there is no milk flow and he gets frustrated and has trouble falling back to sleep. I've tried pumping my breast multiple times and the most I'll get out of both breasts is 2 ounces which is not nearly enough to satisfy him. I'm worried that he's not getting enough and I worry that he'll become sick because of it. He will not take a bottle. I've tried for months now with both expressed breast milk and formula but he wont take the bottle at all. What should I do in a situation like this? Any suggestions moms?

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Diana - posted on 10/20/2009

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I had the same problem with my baby and he's my 3rd-never had that problem with the other two. I simply cut back on what I fed him as far as solids for while and nursed him BEFORE giving him cereal/baby food. That is what the WIC nurse had told me to do just in an offhand way, and I happened to remember when I noticed my supply decreasing and then waking up FULL in the middle of the night. Pumping helped me some, but with this child, pumping has been largely a no-go anyway-only if I've been really full usually. Also La Leche is www.llli.org

User - posted on 10/16/2009

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Try Fenugreek, you can get it at natural food stores. 2 capsules 2-4 times a day. (It will make you smell like maple syrup though...weird side effect).

Jennifer - posted on 10/16/2009

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Go to La Leche League website- I think .org. You can get advice online from a lactation specialist.

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