Reduction, then breastfed?

Desiree - posted on 09/05/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Did it effect your milk supply or not? I had a reduction in 2008, and I am worried that I will not be able to breastfeed. I have read into this quite a bit, and I am seeing a lot of posts about women who have trouble, then others that say a reduction doesn't affect breastfeeding or the milk supply. Please help.

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Lori - posted on 09/06/2012

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I think your best bet is going to be to give it a try and see. Obviously since you know you've had a reduction, you'll need to keep a closer eye on your baby making sure he/she is getting enough. Most women (without a reduction) can produce enough milk for twins. Whether or not you will be able to produce enough depends on how many milk glands were damaged/removed during your reduction. The best way to tell if your baby is getting enough is to count diapers. If you're getting 5 - 6 wet diapers per day (after the first week), and 3 - 4 dirty diapers per day (after day 4) then that's a really good sign. If baby is gaining well on mom’s milk alone, then baby is getting enough. A 5-7% weight loss during the first 3-4 days after birth is normal. Baby should regain birth weight by 2 weeks. Once mom’s milk comes in, average weight gain is 6 oz/week.

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