Post # 1
I need help from the Hive Mommies!
We introduced MB to solid foods about a month ago. She loves them, she’s ravenous. As a result, she started sleeping through the night. She also nurses less frequently throughout the day. And now my milk supply is drying up! I had to pull out freezer reserves for daycare today because there wasn’t enough to pump!
Any advice? I’m taking those milk supplements you can buy, but is there anything else I can do??
Post # 3
Breastfeed or pump more often. The body will adjust the production of breastmilk to the demand.
Have you ever looked at La Leche’s website? Lots of good help there,
Post # 4
Really the only thing you can do is breastfeed or pump more. It stinks, but getting up in the middle of the night to pump really does make a difference in your supply. I took the Fenugreek supplements and they did help, but I did smell like maple syrup:)
Post # 5
@penguinsaremyfriends: OMG, now that you say that…maple syrup! That is so weird…
I’ll try the night time pumping. I’ve already upped my daytime pumping. And MB has been getting fed whenever she wants, just to try to keep it going. But she’s sleeping all the time, so there’s not much feeding going on. I may pump once during her evening nap too.
Thanks for the LL info and the advice!
Post # 6
Ugh – I am having the same problem. I need to make more time to pump at work – I only got 2 oz at one pumping today! 🙁
Post # 7
Oatmeal in the am is a wonderful milk stimulant. Also you have to stay on a pretty regimented pumping schedule.
I’ve been pretty slack because work has been so busy… but if you pump every 3 hours (ha ha ha), your supply really will stay up.
Post # 8
I’ve heard staying hydrated helps too… so make sure your drinking water. Good luck!
Post # 9
Your supply will naturally adjust to the lack of stimulation once you supplement with solid foods, but will readjust to the amount needed. It happens to everyone, and at least you aren’t engorged and in pain. When it happens suddenly and not gradually it can be very painful. It happened to me twice,as both my daughters weaned themselves at just about 8 months and I was miserable. In my day they gave you an injection to dry up your supply, but now I’m not sure what they do. Pumping on a regular schedule will definitely help.
Post # 10
@MightySapphire: I was just wondering if you were having any luck getting your supply back up? I just went back to work full time and I am having a hard time keeping my supply up. Not just for pumping but also just for feeding him:(
I’m going to try power pumping and hand expressing which I have been reading about here…