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Old 01-27-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
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Milk supply Questions

I'm not sure how to word these questions. I'm EBF my 4 month old and it's going great. He is getting plenty as he is a porker

Can my milk supply stop, even if I don't want it to?
When will I know my milk is running out for good with my LO?
What can I do when I notice a decrease in my milk?

I want to be able to EBF for at least 1 yr. and loosing my milk supply worries me. I love being able to EBF.

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:25 PM   #2
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Re: Milk supply Questions

It would be extremely rare for your milk supply to just dry up or stop. You would have to be taking medicine (decongestants, ibuprophin, etc) or you could see a dip if you're getting af back and oatmeal, fenugreek or Metamucil can bring it back up if needed. Your milk won't run out until you're ready. DD is 17 months and some days all she gets is breastmilk and cheerios! You're doing great mama, just relax and enjoy.
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Re: Milk supply Questions

It won't "just stop" without some reason for it. If you got very sick, you might see a dip in production. But if you kept nursing, it would pick back up.
As was mentioned, some medications could affect your supply. So can a handful of herbs, like peppermint in large quantities, or sage.

Of course, if you began supplementing, or if you went long periods without nursing or thoroughly pumping, or if you night-weaned too soon.... Some of those things can do it, too. Basically, continuing to nurse on demand will insure it doesn't happen.
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Re: Milk supply Questions

nursing is a supply-demand thing .. your baby demands and nurses, your body will produce..

also - around 4 months your supply may regulate and you could start to not feel as full or not be able to pump as much, so if you notice that, don't panic.
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Thanks mamas! The reasoning I was questioning is I don't always feel full like I did and I don't feel my milk coming in like it used to. I do feel it when I start to nurse him.
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yup, sounds like your supply regulated! totally normal!
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sounds 100% normal. don't worry!
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