Anyone Else's Milk Production slowing down or going away?!

Shauna - posted on 09/11/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My Boy turned 6 mo on sept 9th. He is Exclusivly breastfed and i also work full time i pump 3 times a day at work. I have never had a problem with milk production i usually pump 8 oz every time. Then i woke up one day and only produce milk early in the AM. Is this happening to anyone else?

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Maria - posted on 09/12/2010

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That happened to me with my first child, but looking back it was my fault! This time we are doing good.
If you have introduced solids and he is eating too much of them he is not going to nurse as much and your body will adjust. Make sure he is getting enough breast milk if it is your desire to continue... Has he recently cut out any night feedings? If so you might want to pump once after he is in bed, I pump right before bed (about 3-4 hours after my son goes to bed) to keep my supply from decreasing too much and so that I have milk to mix with his cereal.

Try taking fenugreek. It is a herbal supplement to increase milk supply. I have tried it for short periods to boost my supply and it has helped me and I have read that a lot of pumping moms use it for longer periods to keep their volume up. You can google it and find tons of info and dosing instructions!

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Rebecca - posted on 08/05/2016

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Just keep on pumping, even if nothing's coming out - it sometimes takes a while. Healthy nursing tea can help increase breast milk.

Amy - posted on 09/16/2010

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You're not the only mom that has to work, I would love to stay home with the kids too but it just can't happen! Just make sure you continue drinking lots and lots of water.

Shauna - posted on 09/15/2010

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My son is 6 1/2 mo old ive been back to work since he was 7 weeks old. I also work 12 hr days so i have to pump. Sad but .... it pays the bills. id love more than anything to be a stay at home mom .... but wont work that way.

Lisa - posted on 09/14/2010

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One of the lactation consultants that i had said that pumping your milk could also slow down the production of your milk. Her advice was to try to breastfeed as much as possible without using the pump. I have a pump but i haven't used it and probably wont start using it until i start working again.

Becky - posted on 09/13/2010

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mine def has! my son is 5 mos. 1 1/2 wks..... lately, he has started to sleep 7-9 hrs straight at night... but honesly it started slowing down before that..i think it's becuase i've started giving him cereal at night and a veggie during the day... i'm taking funugreek (sp?) to help boost...

Shauna - posted on 09/12/2010

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Thanks! i will have to look up that herb remedy. I do think it may be because of him sleeping longer. He sleeps 12-14 hrs a night so my body stopped producing milk during those times. He still eats the same during the day but im at work pumping not nursing.

Amy - posted on 09/12/2010

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Yes my production has definitely started slowing down, just in the last couple of days. I also work full-time and pump at work, I have missed pumpings which I think is part of my problem. I have also noticed though that when I'm home with my little girl she is not staying latched on as long and not feeding as often it's usually because she would rather be paying attention to her big brother. Either way I'm sure it's my body adjusting, unfortunately I have to go on a business trip in less then a month and I'm trying to stock my freezer up.

Emily - posted on 09/11/2010

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no ma'am i breastfeed my daughter exclusivly as well other than her solids..she doesnt even really durse during the day, just all night :) i continue to have let down through out the day during her missed feedings. i pump at least once a day now i am trying to get her on a bottle, and i never can get more than 5 oz out of me, and that is every last drop. im not really sure how to fix your situation def one for a lactation counseler

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