milk supply?

Ashlee - posted on 04/01/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




my supply is low and i dont know why ....i have my period and i feel so crapy what can i do to get it back up?


Celeste - posted on 04/02/2012




Definitely could be your period.

However, what signs are you using to judge supply? Yes, your supply can dip temporarily but the best way to combat this is to nurse more frequently


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Emily - posted on 04/02/2012




At less than six weeks post partum, it's very possible it could also just be break-through bleeding rather than a true period. Especially if you've been exclusively nursing. How are you judging that your supply is low? Keep nursing on demand, you'll be fine.

Lori - posted on 04/01/2012




Sometimes your supply can temporarily drop during your period. How old is your baby? Is this your first period since baby was born?

Below is copied from KellyMom

"Low milk supply associated with menstruation: Calcium/magnesium supplement

Some women experience a drop in milk supply from ovulation (mid-cycle) until the first day or two of the next menstrual period. A woman’s blood calcium levels gradually decrease during this period of time, and for some women the drop in blood calcium causes a drop in milk supply. For women who have this problem, calcium/magnesium supplements may be helpful. This practice has also been reported to eliminate most uterine cramping and some premenstrual discomfort such as water retention.

The recommended calcium supplement dosage is between 500 mg calcium/250 mg magnesium and 1500 mg calcium/750 mg magnesium (the higher dosage is generally more effective). Calcium dosages this high should not be taken alone, but as a calcium/magnesium (or calcium/magnesium/zinc) combination. Otherwise the calcium will not be adequately absorbed into your body. The amount of supplement depends on the composition of your diet — the more animal protein, the more calcium/magnesium needed. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, the lower dosage may work fine for you.

Start the supplement when you ovulate, and continue through the first few days of your menstrual period. If periods are irregular, then begin calcium/magnesium at 14 days after the beginning of your last menstrual cycle, or simply take the supplement every day."

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