Mastitis and now my milk supply has dropped. Need help in boosting it back up.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Mastitis and now my milk supply has dropped. Need help in boosting it back up.
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Mon, 10-25-2010 - 10:32am

I have a 7 1/2 month old dd and on Friday, I wound up with mastitis. Fever, aches, chills, etc. I went to urgent care and the doctor put me on Keflex (sp?) to clear up the infection. I have always supplemented but still get approximately 20 ounces a day through either nursing or pumping. I have continued to do both through the infection but my milk supply has dropped dramatically. I am pumping for much longer and not going for more than three hours between pumping or nursing sessions. What can I do?? Could I try Fenugreek? Has anyone had success with that? I am really not ready to be done yet and would like to get my supply back up again. Any help is greatly appreciated!

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2008

Oh, I'm so sorry you've had to deal with mastitis. That's the pits!!

Yes, it's definitely feasible for you to increase your supply back up. Can you tell us a little bit more about why you feel like your supply has dropped? Is it strictly based on pumping output or are there other factors?

Can you also tell us a bit more about your nursing and pumping patterns?

How many times a day do you nurse directly?

Are you pumping because you're at work? How often do you pump and how for long? What kind of pump? How much milk do you get?

How much are you supplementing?

Do you have any health issues that might affect supply (PCOS, thryoid, anemia, hormonal issues, breast surgeries)?

Is AF back? Do you have a supply dip related to AF?

Have you ever tried fenugreek before? If not, it's definitely worth a shot.

Sorry to bombard you with questions but it will help us understand your situation a bit better. Hang in there!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003

Okay, let me try to answer. :)

My dd was born in March and I have always supplemented with formula. Just a personal choice related to PPD and lack of sleep. My dh takes the night completely so she would always get formula at night. Until recently, I could nurse or pump and keep her going throughout the day and she would get about 6-8 oz of formula at night. I pump first thing in the morning and get approx 7 oz.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2008

Would it be possible while you're trying to build your supply back up to nurse directly more frequently? The baby stimulates your supply better than even the best pump. If you can, I'd recommend nursing directly for as many feedings as possible and pumping between feedings a few times a day when you can squeeze it in.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003

I just wanted to thank you for your help with this. If it weren't for you, I would not be nursing still. During that period of mastitis, my dd had been on nursing strikes intermittently and the one with the mastisitis lasted an entire month!! She refused to nurse, arched her back screaming when I tried, etc. But, I didn't give up and continued to try different things. My husband thought I was crazy and that it really was time to be done as he said she was weaning herself. She would take a bottle from me so I would give it to her with my shirt/bra off. If she was very sleepy or sleeping,

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008

That's great to hear that you have worked through such a difficult time.

iVillage Member
Registered: 06-10-2008
What a great success story! Thanks so much for the update!!
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