Sudden Drop in Supply - So Frustrated and Ready to Quit

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2011
Sudden Drop in Supply - So Frustrated and Ready to Quit
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Tue, 03-15-2011 - 12:52pm

I am 3 months postpartum and have been pumping exclusively since week 1.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-07-2010
Any chance your monthly flow is coming back?

I stayed at 8 pumps (planned, really more like 7-9) per day the first 12 weeks, then dropped to 7 for 12 weeks and now I do 7 pumps at work and 6 on the weekends (24 weeks pp).

You could always try adding some pumps back in, but since you said it's a sudden drop, I'd expect a visit from AF (I'm so glad mine hasn't come back yet!)
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2011

I have wondered if AF is coming back.

iVillage Member
Registered: 10-14-2010

My first thought was the same as the previous poster--AF.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-28-2009

Hi,

I had this problem when I was pumping for my first. Here is some advice I got from a great lactation consultant. I got up to 60+oz a day.

POWER PUMPING TIPS

Shari, mommy to Taylor. ep for 3 months and counting
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2011

It sounds like you are doing everything right.

My LC told me that many times an exclusively pumping mom will find her milk supply dropping over time. It happened to me, and I could only pump 1/2 ounce at a time. She recommended that I go online and order Breastea. It has significantly increased my milk supply.