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Old 06-15-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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Ok, I need some help trying to figure out what is going on.

DD#2 is 10 months old. In the last week my milk supply has taken a nose dive - she's gone from getting more than enough on one side in about 5 min (I have fast nursers) to nursing both sides dry and still crying for more. She's sleeping horribly because she's hungry. She does eat some solids but not enough to make up for the lack of milk. She nurses the same amount (or tries) as she has for the last couple of month - 4-5 times a day and 2-3 at night (more lately at night though). AF hasn't started yet but I took a pg test just in case that was the problem and it was negative.

So does anyone have any ideas what would cause a drop in supply? How long do I wait before trying formula to make sure she gets enough to eat? I've never bought formula before so wouldn't even know where to begin there but I feel bad for her wanting more milk and it's not coming.

I nursed dd#1 until she was just shy of 2 and this never happened with her.

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Old 06-15-2008, 04:53 PM   #2
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Are you certain there's no other reason for her behaviour? Could she be tetthing, then nursing longer to help eliviate the pain, and be still distraught after wards because she's still uncomfortable?

If her diaper out put is still good - so is your supply :hug
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:00 PM   #3
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She is probably teething but she never complains about it so I never really know until a tooth pops in.

Her diapers are good but I also let her sip on water (or an ounce or less of milk per pedi's permission) at meals so that helps. She much prefers to nurse though and she's been on this eating/nursing schedule for a good 2 months now. She's not changed anything.
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Oh and I should add that while she does have enough wet diapers to know she isn't dehydrated (at least 6 a day) they are quite a bit dryer than normal. Even her night time diaper is often not completely saturated (very unusual) even though she's nursing more often at night.
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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Re: sudden low supply ?

My supply took a nose dive when ds hit 10 months - he chubby and happy, I can just tell by the drastically reduced size of my boobs.
With me, I think it's because ds is Mr. Busy now and doesn't tend to nurse for as long and isn't interested as often.

Are you stressed? That can kill your supply. Drinking enough?
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Oh and I should add that while she does have enough wet diapers to know she isn't dehydrated (at least 6 a day) they are quite a bit dryer than normal. Even her night time diaper is often not completely saturated (very unusual) even though she's nursing more often at night.
This does happen and always isn't heralding suplpy issues in mom. kwim? As their bladder matures it tend to hold more... often moms notice it at night first.

Since she has enough wet diapers, I'd say just to continue offering her to nurse when ever she wants
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Old 06-15-2008, 05:46 PM   #7
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Thanks!

This never happened with dd#1 so I just wanted to make sure it was a temp type thing. I hate that she seems so hungry at night but maybe she'll get used to it and start sleeping better.

She's chubby - losing a little excess would hardly be the end of her. I'm thinking it could be AF is going to start up soon as well and maybe that is the issue (even though it never was an issue with dd#1).
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I doubt she'll loose anything This can totally be expected with different babies as they're all different... y/k?

My money is on the tooth factor
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when my supply dropped at 11 months I was freaking out. a few days later I got my first postpartum AF.
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when my supply dropped at 11 months I was freaking out. a few days later I got my first postpartum AF.

That is what I was going to suggest.
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