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Name: cgloceri
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So, is this normal?? My milk supply has gone form me storing 2-3 bags a day to me having to use what I stored every other feeding. I am really getting discouraged becasue I have to go back to work in about 2 weeks and I have no backup anymore. Should I introduce formula? Any natural remedies? I have heard of mother milk tea?? I am on a decent schedule with him, but he is starting to like the bottle much better and the breast less. I pump all day and breast feed in the dark hours.. I have lso notice, it is not as easy for me to let down as it was in the past...

Everyone was so great with my no pooping forum.. can you help me here?
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Name: bmes | Date: May 9th, 2007 12:29 AM
well.....my milk supply vanished when Anika was about 4 months old, and I found out it was because I was pregnant again! some people's hormones react differently...lots of women can still breastfeed and be pregnant, but some people can stop producing!!!! i'm not saying that you're pregnant...i'm just saying what happened to me! good luck!! :-) 

Name: mamal | Date: May 9th, 2007 12:40 AM
It is very normal. About now your body should be getting on a schedule and the extra that you had in the begining should be slowing up. Just like everything else in our lives you have ebbs and flows with breastfeeding as well. I swear we never catch a break. The let down feeling also drops off so that is also very normal. I would try not to introduce formula yet. I am sure we can get you all set. I have a few things for you to read. By the end of all this you are going to be a breastfeeding expert. You are doing great job! I can definitely understand the worry with you going back to work but it will all be AOK! Your little one is so lucky to have a mama that cares so much!

Excellent info and exactly what you are looking for. This link talks about decreases in pumping output.
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/
pumping/pumping_decrease.html

Thi
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has some good info about whether your supply is low or not and what you can do to help up it.
http://www.kellymom.com/bf
/supply/low-supply.html

What
does the research tell us about increasing milk supply?
Milk is being produced at all times, with speed of production depending upon how empty the breast is. Milk collects in mom's breasts between feedings, so the amount of milk stored in the breast between feedings is greater when more time has passed since the last feed. The more milk in the breast, the slower the speed of milk production.
To speed milk synthesis and increase daily milk production, the key is to remove more milk from the breast and to do this quickly and frequently, so that less milk accumulates in the breast between feedings:
EMPTY BREAST = FASTER MILK PRODUCTION
In practice, this means that a mother who wishes to increase milk supply should aim to keep the breasts as empty as possible throughout the day.
To accomplish this goal and increase milk production:
1. Empty the breasts more frequently (by nursing more often and/or adding pumping sessions between nursing sessions)
2. Empty the breasts as thoroughly as possible at each nursing/pumping session.
To better empty the breasts:
Make sure baby is nursing efficiently.
Use breast massage and compression.
Offer both sides at each nursing; wait until baby is finished with the first side before offering the second. Switch nursing may be helpful if baby is not draining the breast well.
Pump after nursing if baby does not adequately soften both breasts. If baby empties the breasts well, then pumping is more useful if done between nursing sessions (in light of our goal to keep the breasts as empty as possible). 

Name: cgloceri | Date: May 9th, 2007 2:51 AM
Thank youso much. I went to see the lactation counselor at the hospital today just to talk with her. She told me to continue to pump more frequently and to actually "power pump" for three days to increase my supply. I will let you know what happens. thanks for the literature.. lots of reading :) 

Name: mamal | Date: Jul 22nd, 2007 6:53 PM
bump for Jude 

Name: mamal | Date: Aug 8th, 2007 6:15 PM

Name: sapslucymom | Date: Aug 10th, 2007 12:32 AM
He may also be in a little growth spurt which means that he is wanting more and your breast need to catch up with him. 


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