Sudden milk decline at 8 weeks

Nicole - posted on 03/07/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My daughter Charlotte is 8 weeks old today, and I've not been able to pump as I used to... I've been feeding my 20 mo old about 10 oz of pumped milk a day, and although Charlotte "appears" to be getting enough, I can't pump hardly an oz at a time now. My breasts no longer feel full (almost EVER), although it's clear that I have let-down when she latches. The pump has been examined, and nothing changed there. I've added extra fluids (water, carrot juice, green supplements, and mother milk tea) and nothing has changed in 36 hours. I'm not as worried about being able to pump for my 20 mo old son, but I AM very worried that the milk is in fact drying up. I'm trying to cuddle skin-to-skin, let her nurse every 1-2 hours, anything to improve the supply but I don't know if it's helping (or how long it will take to see results?)

She has had several wet diapers a day, but also has gone in the last 2 weeks from pooping 4+ times a day, to 1 or less times a day, which is another concern for me as my first two kids always pooped several times a day until they started solids...

I have also started exercising (but only twice a week at this point, power yoga). Could that at all be the cause? I make sure to hydrate.

Sorry for the long explanation / questions, I thought I'd have this "breastfeeding thing" down by now! This third kid sure has thrown me for a loop... She also sleeps for long stretches at night (4-7 hr), which makes me worry about supply as well...

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Celeste - posted on 03/07/2014

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Yes. Again, decrease in pump output isn't an indicator of supply. What kind of pump do you have? One thing to keep in mind is that average output is 1/2 to 2 oz total. I still think it sounds like your supply has regulated because your output was very high.

Nicole - posted on 03/07/2014

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But is it normal for decrease in output to be this sudden? I wouldn't worry if it was slowly declining... it just went from 8 oz to 1 oz in a matter of 24 hours.... with no change in medication or anything. :/

Celeste - posted on 03/07/2014

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Pump output is not reflective of supply. It is normal that pump output to decrease over time due to supply regulation, which may be happening earlier since you have nursed babies before. You don't want full breasts because full breasts will slow production.

The decrease in poops are also normal.

Honetly, I think you're doing better than you think you are!

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