Breastfeeding

posted 1 month ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Honey bee
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cblank181 :  are you drinking enough water? I get high flow times and then dips throughout the day. 

Is your pump suction still good? Sometimes little parts need replacing. 

If you find that your supply is low at 2 AM try pumping at 12 and 1am to get more production going.

What kind of pump do you have? I have the Medela (one pump only tho) and its held up really well for 7 months now of daily use. I’ve been back at work since 3 months pp and the pump is used at my lunch time and I find that my supply has stayed up. Definitely bring it to work.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

cblank181 :  definitely make sure you are getting enough water and calories. Has your period returned? If not it might be soon – I experienced a temporary dip right before my period came back and then a few days before each one thereafter. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper

cblank181 :  not sure. You don’t have any clogs right? That’s the only time I have had the feeling that milk was there but not coming out. Definitely change out your pump parts and call the manufacturer to talk you through additional troubleshooting. 

Is the baby upset at the 2am feed? 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper

I feel like 5 months pp is a weird time for breastfeeding cause usually baby isn’t quite on solids yet but they’re needing more calories, so you’re having to produce more. I don’t pump much but I did notice a dip in pumping output around 5/6 months. I wonder if it’s because my baby was eating more when nursing so there was less to pump? Not sure but this was a common issue among the girls in my month group. I also don’t get a let down from my Medela hand pump at all anymore — which I think started around 6 months? — unless I’m very engorged (recently replaced some parts so I don’t think it’s that). 

As for not getting a let down from your baby at 2am…are you still getting let downs at all other feeds? It could be a period thing (my supply dips a bit around AF time) or could be something else. I’d continue nursing on demand and if the problem gets worse maybe talk to a lactation consultant?

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I EP’d for 15 months and had a dip at 6 months and another dip at the 1 year mark. It seemed to happen overnight.

Post # 12
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Busy Beekeeper
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cblank181 :  Yes, it’s super common to have a dip in supply during your period. It happened to me every month after my period preturned (around 7 months). 

Post # 13
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Busy bee

You can take calcium and magnesium supplements the second half of your cycle to help with your supply. Also, try to stay relaxed while pumping and look at your baby’s photos to help with the letdown, I noticed when I was tense or stress it takes longer for me to have a letdown. 

Post # 14
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Worker bee
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If letdown issue, agree have to be really relaxed for it to happen. I would close my eyes, try to forget about everything else besides milk flowing, bottle filling up, and imagining baby eating.  It’s defintely tough with the pump and going back to work!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

cblank181 :  It definitely does seem like a letdown issue not a supply issue. Your problem is not unusual. Babies’ sucking pattern change as they grow, pumps don’t. Have you tried manually trying to induce the letdown? You might have to use the letdown function on the pump periodically during a session and maybe manually stimulate. I don’t know of any other solution. Pumps just haven’t reached the skill of babies yet. I know it’s not fun. All the best!

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