I know I know... I hear it alllllll the time "She's getting enough milk, don't worry" BUT I CAN'T HELP IT!! AHHHH!!!
I feel like I have no milk anymore... my boobs are completely deflated When I let down while BF'ing the one not being fed off doesn't leak anymore. I don't have to wear nursing pads anymore. Normally if I miss a BF session, by the time I get home, I can tell she needs to eat because my boobs are fuller... for the last week or so that hasn't happened. And on Fri we went to a family wedding 3 hours out of town. I BF'd before we left. She had 3 partial bottles while we were out (she was pretty sick, so I don't think she was interested in food)... but the point is, I went from like 10am Fri to 1am Sat without BFing and I wasn't even engorged in any way shape or form. I was slightly engorged when I got up on Sat at 8am.
I'm soooo upset!! :'( I really really wanted to BF for as long as possible, at the bare I wanted to get to 6 months and I was really really hoping to get to a year. But now I'm totally freaking out that I might not get there. I feel like somehow I've done something wrong for this to be happening... Could I really be running out of milk?!
I really have no idea. I still get that really full feeling but my LO still eats like every 2 hours round the clock so when we miss one out of luck I can really tell. Maybe with her being sick your supply has dropped a little? Maybe try getting her to nurse more often for a day or 2. Have you tried fenugreek? I found that to be really helpful in boosting my supply before.
DS1 started cutting back on too many feeds at this age and that along with taking the mini pill killed my milk supply and I literally had almost no milk by 6 months. I was at loss and it killed me emotionally so I know your worry. Hopefully your milk is just adjusting.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Do you pump?
I have moments where I feel like that, like I'm not making anywhere near as much as I was. There have been moments, especially when I think she's having a growth spurt, that I feel like she isn't getting enough. Whenever that happens I start pumping more frequently. Since I can't store my BM without scalding it first, I've mostly quite pumping except for when we are going to be away from home for more than 2 hours. But when I think my supply is suffering I start running that pump. Sometimes I'll get 5 ounces and sometimes I'll get 1 ounce, but after a day or two I'll start to feel engorged again and have a lot.
I don't really think you have anything to worry about, but feeding more frequently or pumping should help to increase your supply. I hope you make it to a year!
How's your water intake? When I was nursing the twins exclusively, I seriously drank over a gallon of water per day - I was just that thirsty! In addition to nursing/pumping more often to build back up your supply, I would highly recommend drinking as much water as you can.
Good luck!! Sometimes I worry about my supply and it's depressing.
I do pump, only in the morning tho... I was getting like 5-6oz combined about three weeks ago, and now I'm not even getting an ounce combined... and I've up'd my h2o intake as well. I actually dislike water a lot but I want to do whatever I can to keep BFing so I've started drinking it instead of milk and what not. I have fenugreek still but when I was using it before Sophie was getting gassier/fussier; so I stopped taking it and she calmed down quite a bit... I haven't tried it again, but maybe it's worth a shot...
Yes!!! OMG, you just described mt exactly! I know you've seen my worries about Luke's weight; I'm really worried he's not getting enough milk from me anymore, and I've been having to supplement w/ more and more fornula at the sitter b/c I can't pump enough for him. I know mine has everything to do w/ working all day and not being able to pump enough during the day. For example, yesterday I worked from 9 - 7:15. I fed him at 7 am, then we were sooo busy that I didn't get to pump until 2:45. I did actually get 6 oz, but I don't usually get that much anymore. That was the only time I could pump. I didn't even get to finish eating lunch (in between clients) until after 4! And I was feeling a little full right before I pumped and when I got home, but not engorged at all, even though it had been 7 hrs for one side and even longer for the side he didn't eat from in the morning.
Sorry, I don't want to hijack your thread, but it sounds like we are going through the same thing. There are days when I am home w/ him all day and I try to nurse every 2 hrs or so those days to hopefully boost my supply, but for me it doesn't seem to make a difference the next day, and that's kind of depressing. If you do try the fenugreek, let me know. I have been thinking about it, but don't really know much about it.
Yep you need to drink more water, especially if you dont ever. From bfing my ds, there were times when this would happen, and it has already happened with Nat. I will be normal and then go through a stage where I get flat. I think its kinda like transitioning from one stage to another but you def. have to drink water to make sure that is not the problem. Dont give up because the less you have her on your boob the less you will make, so even if you feel like nothing is there keep her on and you will start to return to normal.
It did take awhile for it to return to normal, probably like a few weeks..
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Barring some rare medical situations and/or hormonal birth control, the best way to keep nursing is just to keep nursing. I'd say it's probably from her being sick more than anything. If you nurse her on demand, her demand will keep up your supply. You run into trouble when you pump instead of nursing or if you offer formula. Every mom experiences little dips every so often. Even me and I still get engorged at the drop of a hat! When Teagan was too stuffed up to nurse much, I felt so deflated. A week later I was leaking like mad again.
I don't leak at all anymore. It's been weeks since I've last felt engorged. I definitely feel deflated. Aiden went 4 hours last night between feedings which is a super long time for him, and I still wasn't feeling full at that point even though it had been 7 hours since he had fed from one of the boobs. I really haven't been concerned about it though. I figure I've regulated really well. Maybe try some Mother's Milk Tea? Even I drink that everyday along with lots of water!
I always feel deflated. Unless he magically sleeps all night (12 hours-this had not happened in a few weeks) then I feel like I've got melons on my chest and leak all over the bed.
I never wear pads any more and the other side no longer leaks when I nurse either
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