Hormonal imbalance ruining production?

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Registered: 02-15-2012
Hormonal imbalance ruining production?
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Thu, 02-16-2012 - 12:20am

I have been EPing since my son was eight weeks because we just couldn't get a good latch going.

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Registered: 05-25-2011
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 10:27am

I don't know the answer to your question, but you might try talking to your doctor.

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Registered: 02-15-2012
Thu, 02-16-2012 - 3:42pm

I was never at 8 pumps a day.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Fri, 02-17-2012 - 1:24pm
Reduced milk volume between 4 and 6 months is normal. At some point during this time, the actual composition of the breast milk changes. The milk becomes more concentrated so that a smaller volume (# of ounces) will still provide your child with the appropriate fats, protein, carbs and nutrients.

I thought that I was loosing my supply when this happened to me at 5.5 months and called the IBCLC I had worked with in a panic. She said some reduction in volume at this point is totally normal and is the 2nd most common reason she gets calls for help from moms (#1 is moms initially learning to BF in the immediate post partum period).

Your supply is supposed to regulate at certain points and this could very well be one of those points. PCOS can affect supply but doesn't necessarily. My college roommate had PCOS and she BF'd both of her kids to 1 year without drama. Also, one of my coworkers breastfed with PCOS. It won't be the same for all, but in the circumstance you are describing I wouldn't automatically assume that this is PCOS or even that it is a problem. It could just be a normal change in the milk production that happens to everyone. However, moms who aren't pumping all the time don't even notice because they are feeding directly. Just MHO.
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Registered: 03-11-2012
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 11:49am
I would definitely go to your doc... I'm not at 6 months yet (just 11 weeks) but my AF returned at 5 weeks PP, and all but wiped out my supply. I've been EPing since day once because my DD was 9 weeks early, and a NICU baby. In the beginning, I averaged 30-35 oz/day, after AF, 10-15 oz/day. I, too, have PCOS. My doc explained that I may be over-producing the hormone dopamine (sp?) Which blocks prolactin production. She put me on Reglan, and it got me to 23 oz/day at the highest, but couldn't maintain it. Next we tried Domperidone, which has been my LIFESAVER! Both Reglan and domperidone work by blocking the production of dopamine, thus stimulating prolactin to be made, which results in more milk being made. I'm now averaging 25-30 oz/day,.which allows me enough to feed LO, and freeze some. I go off the dom in 3 days, we'll see if my supply dips again... Otherwise I will end up buying it online- it's expensive here.