breastmilk supply dwindling

Gina - posted on 04/26/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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For moms who has been expressing milk since baby was born in September of 08, is your supply still up? Mine is dwindling to 15 ml per session. Isn't that pathetic. Has anybody had the same experience as mine? I'm kinda frustrated as I couldn't get it to go up from here onwards.

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Lara - posted on 04/27/2009

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Mine has, and it hit at about 6 months. You can try fenugreek, it seems to work pretty well, just stay on the lookout for stomach upsets.

It is very frustrating, because my baby is at day care all day and I only get to breastfeed him in the morning before I take him or after I pick him up. However, I've read that even though your milk supply dwindles when pumping, the baby can still get what he/she needs when they breastfeed, they're just that good little expressors. :)

Bobbi - posted on 04/27/2009

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my oh my i am in the exact same spot as u gina. I am feeling so sad my breasts dont feel full. I never really pumped but i can fell that i have less milk. She knows it to cause this last week i had to switch to formula to take special medications for some stomach problems and now does not seem interested in the breast at all. I feel lost not sure if i should give it a few days and see if the supply goes up and she starts eating again or just say forget and give her the bottle. I had planned on nursing until atleast one year.........it is hard for me to be proud that i made it to nearly 8 months (Calli is a september 08 baby as well) I feel i fell short of my goal. I dont trust formula as much as my milk. The guilt of being a mommy. Good luck.

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Gina, I am not exclusively pumping (as I assume you are from your post), but I just wanted to say that pumping for 7+ months is awesome, and you should be really proud that you've been able to do that for your little girl!
I do pump part of the time (while I am at work) and noticed a drop in my supply over the last month or so. Last week was awful, and I wasn't able to keep up with my son's intake. I devoted Friday evening and Saturday to pumping for 20 min every two hours - more often and longer than usual for me - and so far I've noticed a boost in my supply.
If you definitely want to continue pumping, you might want to try a pumping marathon day to try to get your supply up a little more. There are a few other suggestions for boosting supply here:
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/pumpi...

Adriane - posted on 04/26/2009

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I've had supply issues since shortly after my son was born in Sept. 2008. He slept 5-6 hours from the start, but I would set my alarm to get up in pump in the middle of the night. I also take Fenugreek, eight pills a day. At my peak I would pump 5-6 ounces. That was when I was breastfeeding exclusively. I'm now down to about 2.5-3 ounces per session. He eats 5-6 ounces at a time. I've had to start supplementing with formula since he eats double what I can pump at work.

I don't know what your situation is, but I know my dwindling supply is partly due to my going back to work and that he's now eating solid foods. He's not demanding as much milk since he gets the solid food first. It's all supply and demand.

While I'm frustrated that my supply is dwindling and I will probably have to stop breastfeeding all together soon, I am very proud of myself for getting this far; it's more than most women and it hasn't been easy, but I got him through the winter cold season and he's healthy. While breastmilk is still best for him, the rate of return has decreased. Don't beat yourself up. Some of the formula available now is so close to breastmilk, your baby will be fine. He gets just as excited when he sees the bottle as he does when he sees my breast.

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