Supply question, mom with older infant

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Registered: 07-07-2006
Supply question, mom with older infant
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Sun, 10-21-2012 - 9:56pm

My dd is 10 1/2 months old. I'm thinking of continuing nursing past a year. She is my 3rd ebf baby so I'm not new to this however I'm new to feeling like I don't have "enough" milk on a recently regular basis. I just got my cycle back (BLECH) about 2 weeks ago and it seems like my supply has taken a serious fatal hit! DD nurses anywhere from 5-7 times a day, most commonly 5-6 times. I know I'm not going to feel extremely full all the time but I can really tell I'm not producing near as much and I can tell DD wants more. She is really having to work much harder and tugging a lot and pushing against me. That said, what is my best bet to help bring back supply to a norm? I know my apetite has also taken a hit, hormones regulating and all and I'm just all sorts of out of whack so I'm working on that and drinking enough fluids. What would get it upped enough the quickest? I am trying to nurse more often just to help but she does get frustrated being that I'm lacking right now. Thanks for any help!

Jill, mommy to Chloe, almost 5, Oliver, 3 & baby Ella born 12-1-11 !
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Wed, 10-24-2012 - 5:47pm

It's more difficult to tell how much baby is getting as he or she gets older and more established on solids. 

If you feel like your supply dip might be related to getting your cycle back, you may want to consider adding a calcium/magnesium supplement. There is some information on that in this link (scroll down toward the bottom): http://www.motherandchildhealth.com/Breastfeeding/Becky/menstruation.html

Have you ever tried doing breast compressions while nursing as the flow starts to slow to keep her interested longer?

Are you using hormonal birth control by any choice?

Hang in there!

Dana
CL, Breastfeeding Support/Ask the Lactation Consultant board 

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Registered: 07-07-2006
Wed, 10-24-2012 - 11:36pm

Thank you for the link. I am going to check it out now. I bet a supplement or even a daily multi vitamin would be a good choice for me. I feel like I barely get a minute to feed myself as it is. I have some and will check if they have calcium in them. I think they are prenatals which I was told I should be taking anyhow by a nutritionist. I am not on any type of birth control other than using condoms. And I also haven't tried compressions! See I should know better. THanks so much for the help. Hope to see some results in a week or two.

Jill, mommy to Chloe, almost 5, Oliver, 3 & baby Ella born 12-1-11 !
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Registered: 06-10-2008
Thu, 10-25-2012 - 8:12pm
It does need to be calcium and magnesium and a reasonably high dose, more than you'd typically find in a multi. Definitely read through the link. Do you already know how to do compressions? Good luck!
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Registered: 12-21-2009
Sun, 10-28-2012 - 6:24pm

Even for the older baby the best way to increase supply is to take more milk from the breasts either via the baby breastfeeding and/or pumping. It’s natural and expected that as your baby eats solid foods your supply will dip but some babies don’t like when the flow of milk slows down sort like what happened to me in the story in this link:

Oversupply and Kevin’s reaction:

http://messageboards.ivillage.com/n/mb/message.asp?webtag=iv-ppbreastfeed&msg=10852.2

Diet and fluid intake rarely lower supply except in the extreme. While getting your cycle back can cause a temporary dip remember your body will make as much milk as you ask of it. Most of the time the baby is reacting to a slower flow not less milk. Remember a slower flow doesn’t mean there isn’t enough milk it may be frustrating but the milk is there.

Also, if your baby is making at least 5-6 wets and growing well then he is getting enough to eat and drink overall.

Go slowly with the solids, increasing slowly.

If the baby is resistant to breastfeeding or fussy at the breast it may work better in a quiet environment like at night or you may have better feedings using a nursing necklace. A nursing necklace is a baby proof necklace that the baby can play with during the feeding to help keep the baby focused on feeding vs being distracted by the surroundings.

If your baby is breastfeeding 5-7 times per day it’s likely he’ll make it to one year. You are probably producing more than you think.

Warmly,

Kathy Kuhn IBCLC

iVillage lactation consultant

and Grammy to Brennan, Elias, Elianna, Tahlia, Makenna, Maura, Silas and Charlotte    

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