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Old 07-04-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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I had to be put on amoxicillin (could be the illness or the meds, dunno) and my milk supply has been slowly decreasing. I was forced to buy a bottle and some formula. I couldn't take the crying and constant nursing with out being satisfied anymore. My sweet 5 month nursed then very gladly finished up with a bottle. The crying has stopped. The only other time this has happened was when i became preggo and the baby was only 5 months old; she rejected me. I dont want to quit nursing this baby, so advice please............

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Old 07-04-2012, 09:42 PM   #2
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well, she's about that age where you could introduce rice cereal and see if that satisfies her. Even if you do have to supplement with bottle/food, you dont have to stop nursing. It may come back up of you pump after feeding sessions, or eat oatmeal or drink milk increasing tea.
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Old 07-04-2012, 11:32 PM   #3
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I would not recommend rice cereal, at any age. It's empty calories. Why do you think you aren't making enough milk? A baby being fussy often in the evenings and cluster nursing is completely normal. She will signal the body to make more milk. If you replace those nursings with a bottle your body won't get that signal and in turn will make less milk.
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:26 AM   #4
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I've nursed 7 babies, so I have lots of experience. He usaully spits up ALOT. Since the meds, he doesnt at all, my breasts are saggy and empty, my let down takes forever and they are weak, he pulls on my nipples and cries, he only nurses for a couple minutes and cries because there is nothing there. He is still nursing as often because I'm only giving him 2oz of formula after he nurses; I think he could drink twice that much. He nurses every 1.5 hours.
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:20 AM   #5
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Breathe mama. Relax and breathe. No one takes Amoxicillin forever. It is more likely that your body only has so much energy to fight off infection and is using it to get you well rather than to make milk. It could also be a combination of things, including the return of AF, stress, illness etc. Seeing as you've breastfed before, it is unlikely that your body will just suddenly stop working when it worked well before.

It could also be that the antibiotics are upsetting your little one's tummy, hence making them more fussy at the breast (in addition to the possible lower supply).

That said, you can still do all the usual things to boost your supply back (both before you finish the antibiotic and after).

Keep in mind that antibiotics tend to upset our digestive system so probiotics will help rebalance your gut flora and help you absorb nutrients.

Be sure you are getting enough fluids (diarrhea can dehydrate us very quickly and milk supply is the first thing to go)

Lots of healthy foods, including those that are natural galactagogues, like oatmeal.

Rest. When you have other little ones to care for, this seems impossible, but your body needs rest to recuperate and get back to your normal.

Nurse as much as you can. It is better to make a bottle of formula with too little in it and have to mix more, than to feel obligated to encourage your little one to finish the bottle you offered. Remember, a baby's need to suck at the breast is met differently than the bottle. While a baby can control the flow of milk from the breast, any amount of sucking on a bottle will result in LOTS of milk (whether they want it or not). How to Bottle Feed the Breastfed Baby
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Old 07-07-2012, 12:19 PM   #6
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Did you have a fever too? I had a huge loss of milk when I had the h1n1 flu and super high fever a couple of years ago. DS was only 4 months so it was a rough couple of days. I let him suck as long as he wanted, which wasn't long because he was getting so frustrated and he would try every hour. Then I resorted to pumping in between and eventually mixed 1oz of BM (that's all I produced after 20min pumping) with formula and he had the audacity to reject it! I was so stressed about it which didn't help. I recall eating and drinking constantly to make sure i had enough nutrients. I should have tried fenugreek but i didn't and I'm not really sure why. Eventually it came back but it was never the same. So around 7 months I tried the fenugreek and blessed thistle and realized I should have done that at the time. We did eventually nurse until he was 2.5 so hang in there.
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Old 07-09-2012, 08:15 AM   #7
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Oh, I'm hanging in there. It is just a pain to be forced to fix that 2oz bottle after nursing; especially in the middle of the night. I didn't have fever, but i worked the whole week of VBS when I should have been resting. There is a shop in my town. the owner has a herb mixture called "nurse me". I've been drinking the tea for 2 days. We'll see....
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