I think I'm losing my milk!!!! Help!!!

Krystal - posted on 11/06/2009 ( 38 moms have responded )

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My son is 5 months and I work full time. I pump twice a day a work and feed on my lunch. My milk supply is half of what I normally pump. Help I would like to continue breastfeeding.

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Christine - posted on 11/08/2009

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Quoting Karrington:



Quoting Suellen:

Baby formula on the market is complete junk ( over 70% corn syrup solids)! See a lactation specialist! Your baby needs you!






I no longer breastfeed my son, but I saw this post thought I would find people giving this mom support and encouragement but instead I find a comment like this. While I believe it is perfectly okay for others to have their own opinions I do not think that it is okay to basically tell a mom that breastfeeding is the only way to meet her baby's needs. I stopped breastfeeding my son at six weeks because he had an upset tummy all time (I literally ate crackers and drank water only for two or three weeks unless he wasn't going to be eating for a long time [bed time] and then I would only eat a little bit of something else). He caught on right away and I had no problems on my part or his except he was so unhappy all the time. It is upsetting when you cannot breastfeed anymore or as often but I promise that formula going to hurt your baby (if it comes to that) because I am also not saying that you should give up. So you can meet your baby's needs whether or not they are getting breast milk or formula. Good luck and do not let others make you feel bad about your milk supply dropping (if this does not stop). I got a few people who gave me grief for not breastfeeding anymore but you have to feed your baby. I will say that if when you feed him make sure it is not out of a bottle because that sometimes helps! It is a wonderful thing you are doing for your baby (no matter what you feed them), best of luck!






I couldn't agree with you more. Breastfeeding meant the world to me and I never really had successful breastfeeding with my first baby. It wsa sort of off and on for about 6 weeks that I would be able to breastfeed but had to supplement with formula. And a lactation consultant told me anyone can breastfeed and believe me which made me feel like a complete failure. Believe me when I say I went ABOVE AND BEYOND to try and get my milk supply back when I started to lose it. So much so that I wasn't focusing on my baby and obsessing over pumping and taking fenugreek. I ended up on that slippery slope of depression over it and finally had to throw in the towel return the pump and just understand that it wasn't in the cards for me, but thankfully had 5 months of wonderful breasfeeding experience with my second baby until my milk supply once again diminished.  Both my babies have thrived on formula when not being breastfed and formula is JUST FINE!!!!

Nancy - posted on 11/06/2009

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Take a combination of two herbs. Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle. Not only have I studied herbal medicine for the past four years, but when my premie son was born a year ago and spent 6 weeks in the hospital, I would be engorged when I was with him, but at home my production was half. Kaiser actually recommended these herbs and they worked for me immediately. They don't work for everyone, but when they do, it will be within the first 12-24 hours! I did not save the paper they gave me, I passed it onto another mother at the NICU, but the dosages if I recall are 1-2 capsules 3x a day. Most herbs are hard to OD on, so if that's off a little, it's ok. You can use capsules or you can use it in tinture form (tincture is an alcohol extraction, but not enough to be of concern to your milk for your your baby). Either form is ok, but tinctures are hard to take straight. I mixed mine with a small amount of fruit juice and drink it down just fine.

These herbs are not going to likely be found in your run of the mill grocery store or even at a pharmacy, you will need to either order them online or if you have an apothecary-type store locally. We has Elephant-Pharm, which was fabulous, but is now closed down. I'm not sure if the branch closed or the whole chain. Check it out.

Good luck!

Brie - posted on 11/06/2009

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Definatley stay hydrated, I can tell when I haven't been drinking enough because my supply dips. But you could also try Fenugreek, an herb to boost milk production. Take 3 650mg pills 3 times a day. You know you're getting enough when you smell like maple syrup! ;) I've had to take it off and on throughout nursing. Or try a baby moon... On the weekend try and spend as much time as possible laying and nursing with your little guy. Hope you find a solution that works for you! Good luck!

Candi - posted on 11/06/2009

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Eat oatmeal, lol, it can help with milk production. Plus taking Fenugreek and Blessed Thistle can also be a huge help.

Shelly - posted on 11/06/2009

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Are you drinking plenty of water when you pump and feed? There is also an herbal tea that you can try called Organic Mothers Milk. Make sure to pump when you know you are full,realistically they say every 3 hours. If not your body might not be getting the right impression and think that is all he is eating at a time. and if you pump when you are over full your body will slow down the milk process that way too. i hope I can help you a little.

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Tamara - posted on 11/12/2009

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there is a pill you can get from the doctor to increase milk supply i know this as my milked dryed up after 6 week's n by the time i got the pill my baby was more interested in the bottle.

Marvic - posted on 11/12/2009

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Hi dear try some fennel tea it may help as it did with me and some of my friends Try to increase the amount of water intake
hope all this work out for you
marvic cassar hili malta

Pamela - posted on 11/09/2009

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Homeopathy can be very beneficial if it is really decreasing. He may also be eating more so needs less milk.

Kayla - posted on 11/09/2009

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Dont scare her if something does happen and you are unable to breast feed, dont feel bad. I have been bf my daughter for the past 3 months and I am stopping now because of school and stress. I had planed to do it longer but mentaly I just cant. Formula is created for babies and wont hurt them!!

Erin - posted on 11/09/2009

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I have the same problem. I only pump twice a day and my son eats 3 times while I'm at work. My midwife who is also a lactation consultant gave me a prescription to boost my supply; it has helped some. I just pump after feeding him in the evening and if i still don't get enough i get up early and pump. I haven't had to supplement with formula yet but i have come close. i will do anything before i supplement. Good luck!

Tanvi - posted on 11/08/2009

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Hi, I would like to suggest having fresh coconut and jaggery (it is available in Indian stores) - this is an old traditional tip that my mum advised to me and it helped me breastfeed my baby until she was 11 months. I was also pumping regularly and found that when i was stressed, my milk supply would dwindle.
I agree with some of the posts that as long as the baby is fed, and happy and healthy it is not a crime to give formula. There is nothing worse than a stressed new mum and an unhappy baby. If you can breastfeed, it is good but if you cant, that is just fine as well.
Thanks to my friends and family, I got through it and I am sure you will too and remember that you are doing a fantastic job raising your little one.

Christine - posted on 11/08/2009

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I had the same thing happen to me. I bought a blessed thistle/Fenugreek in liquid form once with my first child and my milk supply doubled, but that was early on in my breastfeeding stint. This time around with my 2nd child my milk supply just sort of dried up at around 5 months. I know you work so its probably not feasible, but if you're like me and breastfeeding is really important I would suggest at least trying the fenugreek pills and drink the tea during the day maybe and for last ditch effort get up a couple times at night and hop on the ol' pump. LOL

Karrington - posted on 11/08/2009

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Quoting Suellen:

Baby formula on the market is complete junk ( over 70% corn syrup solids)! See a lactation specialist! Your baby needs you!



I no longer breastfeed my son, but I saw this post thought I would find people giving this mom support and encouragement but instead I find a comment like this. While I believe it is perfectly okay for others to have their own opinions I do not think that it is okay to basically tell a mom that breastfeeding is the only way to meet her baby's needs. I stopped breastfeeding my son at six weeks because he had an upset tummy all time (I literally ate crackers and drank water only for two or three weeks unless he wasn't going to be eating for a long time [bed time] and then I would only eat a little bit of something else). He caught on right away and I had no problems on my part or his except he was so unhappy all the time. It is upsetting when you cannot breastfeed anymore or as often but I promise that formula going to hurt your baby (if it comes to that) because I am also not saying that you should give up. So you can meet your baby's needs whether or not they are getting breast milk or formula. Good luck and do not let others make you feel bad about your milk supply dropping (if this does not stop). I got a few people who gave me grief for not breastfeeding anymore but you have to feed your baby. I will say that if when you feed him make sure it is not out of a bottle because that sometimes helps! It is a wonderful thing you are doing for your baby (no matter what you feed them), best of luck!

Kourtney - posted on 11/08/2009

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You need to pump more often. My baby never nursed, and at one point, I was pumping 9-10 times a day to keep my milk up.

Diana - posted on 11/08/2009

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Drink lots of water. Take Fenugreek tablets and drink red raspberry tea... And pump as often as you can. It doubled my milk when I started to drop off. Has happened twice in 8 months so far... Good luck.

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Try More Milk Plus from Mother Love available at Whole Foods. And, take Fenugreek Seed. Good luck! I had luck with the More Milk Plus and still take the Fenugreek seed. I first heard about the MMP from a Whole Foods employee who told me his wife took it when her milk didn't really come in.

Kristy - posted on 11/08/2009

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There is an herbal supplement that my doctor recommends called Fenugreek...I believe you can get it at your pharmacy or at a healthfood store...take it twice a day with lots of water. If it's not getting any better, talk to your doctor about prescribing you Reglan which is safe for you and the baby! You can also take Fenugreek with Reglan together...talk to your doctor about all of this first!

Dea - posted on 11/06/2009

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I don't think you are pumping enough, that is just my first reaction. Is there any way at all you can squeeze it in every 2 hours? I know that is demanding but it sounds like you need more to keep up production.

Also you should be eating oatmeal. It gives you a milk boost about an hour later. Also to increase production there is an herb called fenugreek (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fenugreek ). You can find it on the web, my wild oats store carried it. It takes about 3 or 4 days but it will increase your production quite a bit (you will smell like maple syrup though...which is actually cool if you like pancakes). I used to take 2 pills 3 times a day and do that for a couple of weeks and then stop and pick it up if needed. It is not a long term solution but it will help in the short term.

Stay hydrated, drink lots of water and they sell some nursing mom teas that are great.

I hope that everything works out and I wish you the best of luck, I nursed my two for what seemed like forever and my Mom is an old LLL leader so if you need to vent just shoot me a mail. Good for you for nursing and working, you sound like a strong person and I know you can deal with this.


One other thing is that lots of working moms who nurse like to bring the baby into bed with them in the night so they can nurse, it really helps with production. This may not be your cup of tea, but I thought I would put it out there for you.

Lauryn - posted on 11/06/2009

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if you're pumping at work try to pump both breast at the same time. It will make your body think that you are feeding twins and that may help milk production. thats what worked with me, plus I would go and listen to my ipod and relax,just remember to drink plenty of water. :) good luck

September - posted on 11/06/2009

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The same thing happened to me. If I only knew then what I know now I would have nursed a lot longer than I did. Be sure that you are nursing and pumping as much as possible. This lets your body know that your baby needs more milk and you will produce more. Also it's important to drink lots of fluids and eat lots of healthy food. Also try to relax and not worry so much it's not good for your boby and may decrease your supply. Hang in there Momma! You'll be fine :) Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hey.

The same thing happened to me at about 3 months as I was breastfeeding my twins,. I went to a breastfeeding clinic and I was given a prescription to increase my breastmilk, not 100% sure what it was called but it is pretty common, so your doc should know. You have to take it and pump,. It may or may not work I have heard alot of mixed opinions from it, but good luck, I wanted to continue but my boys we not interested!

Sarah - posted on 11/06/2009

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Quoting Judith:

Start supplementing your breast milk with formula. Start each feeding with your breast milk for about 10-15 minutes, then, finish up with formula. This will you a chance to reproduce your milk & eventually be able to breastfeed entirely, without the formula. That happened to me with my middle son & that's what the doctor told me to do. It won't take long. I said 10-15 minutes, but that would be 1/2 on both breasts, then, the formula. I nursed all of my kids for a while & my youngest son was 18 months old when I stopped nursing at bedtime. I loved it!



In my experience this rarely works!  When mothers supplement with formula, their milk supply tends to dwindle, so they give the baby more formula and in a matter of weeks your milk is gone.



Feed your baby on the breast as much as possible when you are at home, as the baby's sucking will stimulate your milk supply better than a pump.



And btw well done for wanting to carry on breastfeeding, even though it's tough. I've known so many women give up when they go back to work. Good for you!

Jenn - posted on 11/06/2009

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Fenugreek works very well, but make sure if you decide to go that way, that you get the supplement WITHOUT thyme in it! thyme will dry you up even more, making it completely counterproductive! you can get a looseleaf fenugreek tea as well from some specialty tea shops. you have to be prepared though lol it'll make your milk COME IN! lol you might have to make time to pump a little more often that twice a day lol but more than likely... it's stress! the same thing happened when i went back to work, and remember, that your body will only produce the amount of milk you needed yesterday... so if you're finding you're pumping less often... maybe going longer between feeds... then your body will slowly produce less and less, making you pump less and less, and creating a vicious little cycle. good luck!

Shauna - posted on 11/06/2009

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Drink lots of water before you pump. You can also drink Mother's Milk Tea. Call your locat hospital's lacation specialists, they can give you great tips. I was told that I could take a supplement called Phenugrek, it is the main ingredient in maple syrup. You take three pills three times a day (9 pills daily). This really helped me.

Chelsea - posted on 11/06/2009

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Mothers Milk is a tea that will boost your milk supply! i bought mine at Target in the tea section. IT WILL HELP

Michelle - posted on 11/06/2009

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Stay hydrated, make sure you pump. After each feeding, pump, no matter if anything comes out. Breast milk is supply and demand, by pumping you will trick your body into thinking it needs to produce more milk for you child's health. Also, when my milk ran low, I took a few supplements a day. I took fenugreek (three pills three times a day) and alfalfa tablets (two pills twice a day.) After doing all of the above I had an over abundance of milk, made me feel great. :)

Judith - posted on 11/06/2009

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Start supplementing your breast milk with formula. Start each feeding with your breast milk for about 10-15 minutes, then, finish up with formula. This will you a chance to reproduce your milk & eventually be able to breastfeed entirely, without the formula. That happened to me with my middle son & that's what the doctor told me to do. It won't take long. I said 10-15 minutes, but that would be 1/2 on both breasts, then, the formula. I nursed all of my kids for a while & my youngest son was 18 months old when I stopped nursing at bedtime. I loved it!

Melissa - posted on 11/06/2009

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also make sure you are getting enough rest at night, and eat lots of protein and drink lots of fluids... try adding another feeding per day to pick things up a notch, and try not to worry too much, that just makes things worse... I struggled around that time too, but baby is also starting solids around that time so you will be producing less, just make sure baby is full, that is a better indicator than how many ounces you pump

Melissa - posted on 11/06/2009

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Ask your doctor to put you on a pill called Motillium (not sure the spelling) combine that with a natural pill called Fenugreek, that helped me very much!

Kellie - posted on 11/06/2009

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ggod luck.. did u try a hot shower and less stress!! idk if it will help, but i know when ever i took a shower my milk would pour out

Melissa - posted on 11/06/2009

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When you do nurse, do you seem to have enough milk for your baby? I think that is probably a better indicator of your milk production than how much you get when you pump.

Suellen - posted on 11/06/2009

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Baby formula on the market is complete junk ( over 70% corn syrup solids)! See a lactation specialist! Your baby needs you!

Suellen - posted on 11/06/2009

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Don't give up! Eat only meat, fish, and veggies and drink only spring water/reverse osmosis water for a while. That means no dairy, no wheat, no sugar! You can do it and you will do it for your baby! Hang in there. Drink lots of little sips of water throughout the day - never down an entire glass unless you are super thirsty. Never let yourself become overstressed. Breath full breathes often throughout the day and remember to speak softly (never let yourself lose it) - stress is the biggest milk killer. Do exercises everyday! That means walking in place, doing jump and jacks, streching, sit ups (it doesn't mean you have to go to the gym ). I do pilates on exercise tv everyday - just the 10 min. workout. Use your breast pump twice at work until the milk comes back. See a lactation expert today!!!! Do it for the love of your child!!!! NO EXCUSES!

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I had the same problem with my 2nd child. I eventually had to supplement formula mixed with mother's milk while I was at work, because I just could not pump enough. Yes - I think stress definitely played into it. however, I continued to breast feed while I was home. Good luck!

Carianne - posted on 11/06/2009

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Also, don't forget to nurse him as much as possible on the weekends or days when you don't work and try to schedule any of his solid foods in for when you are away. Good luck:)

Michelle - posted on 11/06/2009

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I noticed that once a month for some reason, my milk supply would go down for a couple of days and would then pick right back where I left off. I'm not sure if it's a hormonal thing. If it's been more than a few days and your supply is still lower, I would drink, drink, drink water. I'm sure you are already eating a balanced diet. Are you having stress at work? This could affect your milk supply.



I work full-time and pumped twice a day until my baby was about 9 months. Towards the end, I was pumping 16 ounces a milk a day. Your body will know when it needs to produce more milk. As long as you are drinking water, eating a balance diet and keeping stress to a minimum, you should be producing enough for your baby.



If not, you may want to contact a lactation consultant for some tips.

Jan - posted on 11/06/2009

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Relax Krystal, I'm not being sarcastic!! my milk outtake also reduced @ around 4~5 months, my health visitor told me it may be too much stress @ work, she was right, the more I did relax (I put on calming music & made sure I was fully comfortable before I proceded to pump) & my milk returned with full gusto!! Good luck. xx

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