Supply has fallen off drastically

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Registered: 02-07-2012
Supply has fallen off drastically
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Wed, 03-07-2012 - 10:55am

:smileysad:

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Registered: 12-14-2010
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 2:03pm

i've heard oatmeal (the real kind) can help boost your supply. i've taken suppliments (fenugreek and blessed thistle) in the past to help boost my supply and it worked well for me. you can try to power pump (mocking cluster feeding) pump for 20 min, off 10, pump for 10, etc for an hour (i do this when i drive and am running errands) good luck

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Registered: 02-07-2012
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 2:23pm

So, probably just doing the things that I did to establish my supply in the first place.

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Registered: 05-25-2011
Wed, 03-07-2012 - 2:30pm

It sounds like you've been through a lot in the past few weeks!

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Registered: 02-06-2012
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 10:48am

I'm so sorry to hear about your struggles these last few weeks. I ran into a very similar problem about a month ago. I'd been pumping for almost 4 months, producing around 38-42 ounces/day. Then I got hit with a stomach virus and couldn't eat anything for about 24 hours. I lost 4 pounds in two days (NOT a good way to lose the baby weight!). My supply dropped down to around 30-32 ounces/day. Not terrible, but just barely what my son eats in a day. My supply started coming up again in a few days, and then I got a terrible plugged duct that took my right breast out of commission for about a day.

I bumped my pumping sessions up by one more session a day and drank lots of Mother's Milk tea, around 4 cups a day. It probably took me a week or more after the plug resolved before my production got back to where it had been before I got sick. All in all, my supply was down for about 2 weeks. Now it's back to normal, and maybe even a bit higher than before.

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Registered: 02-07-2012
Thu, 03-08-2012 - 1:51pm

Thank you both.

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Registered: 09-21-2011
Tue, 03-13-2012 - 12:53pm

Supply can decrease for reasons that are totally normal and not an issue of concern.

Getting your period back can cause a hit to your supply. It does it to me every month and then the supply comes back a few days later. You can take a calcium/magnesium supplement to help with this, which helps some women. For me, it was a matter of getting use to the change and just knowing that I would have to supplement from the freezer stash for those days..Actually usually almost a week each time--several days before my period starts and then the first three days of the cycle.

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Registered: 02-07-2012
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 8:30pm

Thanks for all the info.