Supply cut in half!

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-31-2010
Supply cut in half!
Fri, 12-31-2010 - 11:25pm

I have been exclusively pumping for 5 months since the first day in the hospital until now and want to continue to do so but lately my supply has been cut in half. I was obsessed with establishing a good supply and was successful at doing so yielding about 5-6 ounces in total every 3 hours. This was the case up until about 2 weeks ago when I noticed myself yielding about 4 ounces and now down to about 3 every pump.

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2010
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 2:49am

It's quite possible you are experiencing a hormonal change which is normal between 4 and 6 months post partum. You may notice a return of your period (AF) soon. Between 4 and 6 months PP a reduction in milk supply is quite normal as your body starts to expect your baby to start replacing breastmilk with solids.

Even when you are EPing, your milk and milk supply will change based on baby's needs. Here is a link to some info about introducing solids. Talk to your baby's MD if you think it might be time to introduce additional foods.

The link above includes a chart that helps you determine if your baby is ready for solid foods based on their development-i.e. If your LO can sit with support you can probably introduce purees

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-27-2010
Sat, 01-01-2011 - 7:06pm

Make sure to keep your Middle of the night pump- that will hopefully keep your hormone level high enough and delay menstruation. With my first LO i didn't have a cycle until i cut out the MOTN at 14 months.

Also- if you haven't already- replace your pump your parts ASAP! it could be your pump. I pump with a Symphony and i have to replace the large soft pump membranes every 3-5 weeks as i start to notice it takes longer for me to empty and i start getting a bit less here and there. I replace the small valve membranes every 2 weeks or sooner if i feel like the suction is lessening.

if i still notice my supply dipping, i will replace the horn connectors and the small yellow valves as well because they can warp. I even had to replace my tubing once because i could hear a hissing and my suction was down. i just replaced a bunch of my madela bottles that had become stripped and it was difficult to get them on tight enough. any gaping ='s loss of suction ='s less milk!!

so i guess what i'm saying is don't assume it's you- it could be the pump parts or even the pump itself failing slowly.

i hope that helps & best of luck!