im in tears! HELP

Ashley - posted on 02/17/2009 ( 19 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 3months old and she is strictly breastfed! About 2 wks ago I started taking a mini pill due to the fact that my husband is coming back from Iraq (thank god for that) but I have all of a sudden lost my milk supply dramatically! I have started to take Fenugreek and I am chugging water and mothers milk tea! Im so afraid that I've really screwed up my supply and I wont be able to get it back! And that just breaks my heart because I do not want to start her on formula by any means! But needless to say I am stopping the birthcontrol as of today! I am just in tears if any one has any advice I would appreciate it! Thanks! :)

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Ashley - posted on 02/09/2014

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I started taking the mini pill for 5 days now I always pumped 12 oz out every morning my 4th day on it I could only pump 2 oz so I didnt take the pill cause my boobs have even decreased in size it scared me and the morning after not taking the pill I pumped 12 oz again so idk i think it's the pill but it could be because my daughter is sleeping over night she's only 3 months I am ebf no bottles nothing I'm going to go talk to my doc cause I don't want to get prego but I don't want to loose my suppy

Julia - posted on 02/19/2009

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When I started the mini-pill I noticed a drop in supply as well. I went off of them, but then when my daughter started sleeping through the night, I started my period and had to start the pills back. I went on vacation and didn't have my frozen supply with me and freaked out because I wasn't pumping as much. I called the Dr and they called in Reglan!!!! It worked so well...however, they will only put you on it for a couple of weeks. If you get some, they say to take 1 pill 4 times a day. I only took half twice a day and noticed an increase and it made the medicine last longer. You have to work at it to keep it up...i.e. pumping extra especially in the morning and nursing often. I didn't take a tablet before bed because I'd be painfully engorged by the next morning. But it really worked.  Talk to you Dr and suggest Reglan. It's normally given to help with digestion (increase motility), but it's side effects is an increase in prolactin (hormone that makes milk). Try it...worked better for me than fenugreek!!! Good luck! And congrats on your husband coming back !!!

Mary - posted on 02/17/2009

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Your milk will come back, just keep up the fenugreek and such, but yes, it was the pill that did it. Birth control will dry your milk supply right up.

Alexii - posted on 02/17/2009

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its all supply and demand the more you nurse the more milk you will have also you can make a cookie i'll give you the recipe, and for birth control might i suggest justisse i'll post the link i use it myself its pretty easy its just charting your mucus and temp if you want i used it between my two and did not concieve until i was ready and im using it now successfully. :)

www.justisse.ca

they might even have a instructor close by that you can email with your questions

here is the cookie recipe



1c. butter

1/2c. sugar

1/2c. brown sugar

4tbsp. ground flax seed

2 lrg. eggs

1tsp vanilla

2c. flour white or whole wheat

1tsp baking soda

1tsp salt

3c. oatmeal

1c. chocolate chips or rasins which ever you prefer

3tbsp brewers yeast (from the health food store)



pre heat oven 350F or 180C



mix flax w/ water. cream butter & sugars together add eggs, stir in flax and vanilla

add oatmeal chips or rasins. mix in brewers yeast salt and baking soda & finally flour drop cookies on baking sheet and bake 12-15 min till golden brown

enjoy!!!!



these do work are delicious and everyone can enjoy them if your not already lactating you wont start!!! the key ingredients are the oatmeal (not instant) & the brewers yeast best of luck let me know how they turn out and if you have any questions on the natural birth control :)

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Ellen - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi,  as to the birth control issue:  I never wanted to be on the pill, so after my daughter was born I got an IUD inserted.  Once you've had a baby they go in and out really easily.



 



As to getting the supply back up:  I have had intermittent supply issues with my second child, and when I get low, I set aside a time once a day to pump for 15 minutes.  The pumping, esp. when combined with fenugreek and mother's milk tea, really gets your supply up.  I also had some trouble when I'd pump both breasts at once (I'd stay empty for too long), so then I pumped one breast at a time two different periods so I'd have mild for the baby.  Then after nursing the next time, I'd give him the bottle.  GOOD LUCK.

Jessica - posted on 02/18/2009

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  tried to use my electric pump to check my supply i could hardly pump anything out at alll which normally isnt the case for me cause i can generally pump quite a bit (like 3-5oz a time) and this just happened in the past few wks





I go through weeks were I can't pump at all.  I know he is getting something but if I try to pump nothing will come out.  Other weeks I can pump and I will get 5 or 6 oz at a time.  I know pumping isn't always the way to judge what you have (sometimes the girls don't always react well to the pump!).  She may just be going through a growth spurt and wanting to feed more.  And if you nurse her more frequently it will build your supply back up. 

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I started taking the mini-pill about a month ago and my milk supply dwindled as well. I just nursed my son more often to re-establish and within a few days (3-4), I was actually producing more than I had been before taking the mini-pill. Good luck and congratulations on your hubby coming home!

Amanda - posted on 02/17/2009

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The mini-pill should not affect your milk supply. It is the only pill that is safe to take while nursing because it has No estrogen, only progesterone. That being said, you need to make sure that you take at the same time every day(with 1 hour) or you risk getting prego again, because there is no estrogen it isn't as effective. My son is almost 16 weeks old and I have been taking the mini-pill since he was 6 weeks old. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed what I thought to be a decrease in my milk supply, it turns out he was just eating more at feedings because of a growth spurt. Just keep doing what you're doing, drink plently of fluids, take you witamins and get plenty of rest. And don't panic, because that can also affect your milk supply "let down" if you're stressed. I also took the mini-pill while breastfeeding my daughter and continued to do so successfully until she was almost 1 year old. Hope this helps you.....and great news that your hubby is coming home, you must be ecstatic!

Debbie - posted on 02/17/2009

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I have been taking the Depo Provera birth control shot that you get every 3 months and it hasn't effected my milk supply at all. The best part is I don't have to remember to take a pill every day.

Stephanie - posted on 02/17/2009

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My doctor said that breastfeeding is only "effective" as birth control until your baby is sleeping for 6+ hours. As long as they're eating every 3 hours or whatever, you *should* be okay. But once your baby sleeps longer than that, you can't rely on it. I'm purposely staying off of birth control. My doctor said estrogen can affect milk supply.

Jenny - posted on 02/17/2009

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I had the same problem when I went back on the pill.  I called my doc and he put me on a med to bring my milk supply back.  It's safe and you only take it for 13 days.  Call your MD and let them know what's going on and that you aren't willing to suppliment or stop breastfeeding.  There are options.  I went from pumping, at work, 4 ounces every time to 2 ounces and my baby was not happy.  I've been on the medication for 5 days now and I'm already back up 3 ounces per pump so hopefully by day 13 I'll be up to 4 ounces or more a pump.  Don't be afraid to ask you doc for help.  Good luck.



 

Jessica - posted on 02/17/2009

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I second the suggestion to contact your Le Leche League group. They can help!

Try a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, that has helped me.

Also I've heard that this cookie recipe can help...
http://community.livejournal.com/breastf...

Just keep going! And congratulations on your husband coming home, that's wonderful!

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above made a good reply on the breastfeeding - you should definetly talk to your dr re: the birth control too- i am not real sure on all of the different pills but i thought the mini pill was quite full on? i am on a VERY low dosage pill and even that took us a few days to get used too.

Ashley - posted on 02/17/2009

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Quoting Peta:



Good to hear that your husband is coming home :) Congrats on wanting to exclusively breastfeed! I found that at about 3 months a big growth spurt happens and it feels like that your supply has dwinddled, however they have now need more milk, you feel empty and that send a message to your body to create more from now on. It would be best to try and relax (easier said that done) and see a lactation constultant/nurse/midwife ASAP to chat with them. I understand the stress, I am breastfeeding twins. Take care






Peta,



thank you!  yes you are right it is a growth spurt time but the thing that concerned me about supply was becayse she would stay asleep for more then 1/2 at a time after nursing when shes normally a 3 hr napper....and right when she'd wake up she was sucking on her hands and  tried to use my electric pump to check my supply i could hardly pump anything out at alll which normally isnt the case for me cause i can generally pump quite a bit (like 3-5oz a time) and this just happened in the past few wks..... and congrats on feeding twins i seriously commend you!

Ashley - posted on 02/17/2009

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oh I know that you can get pregnant while you are nursing... but I will use another form of bc... because nursing my daughter is much more important to me! Its so upsetting since we've come such a long way since she was born ex; gotten over use of the nipple shield, cold, thrush

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Good to hear that your husband is coming home :) Congrats on wanting to exclusively breastfeed! I found that at about 3 months a big growth spurt happens and it feels like that your supply has dwinddled, however they have now need more milk, you feel empty and that send a message to your body to create more from now on. It would be best to try and relax (easier said that done) and see a lactation constultant/nurse/midwife ASAP to chat with them. I understand the stress, I am breastfeeding twins. Take care

LAURA - posted on 02/17/2009

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BTW: You can soooo get pregnant while you are nursing. You will ovulate again before you get your next period, that mean you will be fertile and not know you are until you're pregnant. I have friends and family members that fell victim to this wives tale, so unless you want another baby, use protection.

LAURA - posted on 02/17/2009

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I would suggest you google LeLeche in your area. Call the group administrator there and ask as many questions as you like. They have always been soo helpful to me here in this area. My sis-in-law had issues and someone from LeLeche came over to the house and helped her out; even though they had never met before.



They can help

Angie - posted on 02/17/2009

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I could be wrong, but I thought it only takes a few days for that and then your milk would come back.  I was reading a book on breast feeding and it also said if you only breastfeed, there is only a two percent chance that you will get preggo too.  I would just call your dr and ask him to be safe.



 

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