Did you have a better milk supply with second/ subsequent babies?

posted 8 months ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: Did you have more milk with second/subsequent babies?
    I had more milk with second baby likely due to more glandular tissue. : (2 votes)
    17 %
    I had more milk with second baby likely due to better breastfeeding practices. : (2 votes)
    17 %
    I had more milk with second baby likely due to both. : (2 votes)
    17 %
    I had about the same supply both times. : (2 votes)
    17 %
    I had less milk with second baby. : (4 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 2
    610 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I seemed to make as much as they needed MOST of the time.  Some days I’d have more and some days I’d have far less.  

    Post # 3
    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    lalanono :  I actually had a lower supply with my second.  🙁  With both of my babies I started off with great supply, and throughout the course of a year, it tapered off slowly to where I made it to about 14 months with my first and til about 11-11.5 months with my second.  I think it was totally my fault though.  With my first, I started pumping once per day at about 2.5-3 weeks pp.  This gave me a bit of an oversupply and helped me build a stash that I was eventually able to supplement from at the end.  With my second, I didn’t really start pumping until about 2 months, so I was making just enough to bring to daycare for her the next day and I didn’t have that stash to supplement from at the end.  With both babies I got my first period back at 7 months pp.  My supply slowly went downhill after that both times.  

    Post # 4
    2807 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I was told this just today at baby group. My second is 3 weeks old and breastfeeding is going so much better this time.

    partly it is because I’m making more, but I’m also taking fenugreek and started that from day 1. I have also fed her more and pumped less.

    Post # 5
    7921 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    lalanono :  I’m still on my first so I don’t have a story, but I was told that the longer you feed the first the better chances you have of a good supply for subsequent babies. I’m really hoping that’s the case! It took us 2 months to get up to full supply with my daughter, but now she’s 20 months and still nursing so hopefully my boobs got the message lol

    Post # 6
    6443 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I definitely had an easier time with the second but my supply still dried up but instead of 3 weeks I made it a full 6.5 weeks.

    Post # 7
    1402 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    have you considered meeting with an IBCLC or your local LLL before your second baby is born? It can be really helpful to spend some time troubleshooting your previous bf’ing journey and making some plans to help you achieve your goals for your next bf’ing journey.

    As for me, I’ve had good supply with all three of my babies but #2 was a much easier experience because I had more / better knowledge, an easier birth and my wee guy was just a bigger and more content baby.,

    Post # 8
    2241 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My milk never did come in the first time. I had a c section at 38.5 weeks, and when my daughter tried to nurse, there was nothing there. I used a hospital grade pump and had only drops coming out.


    My second I had a c section at 40 weeks, and told the nurse I didn’t want to bother to try this time because I had unknowingly starved my daughter the first two days of her life. She convinced me to try anyways and my son had no problem nursing. I was able to feed him, but I never did produce enough to supply more than one day ahead. I breastfed and pumped for  just shy of 12 months.

    Post # 9
    7780 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Baby#1- breastfed for 7 weeks, low supply, went back to work

    Baby#2- exclusively pumped, low supply

    Baby#3- wonderful supply, still nursing for naps/before bed and just turned 2!

    Post # 10
    128 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    This makes sense about the glandular tissue. I had no problems with my first and oversupply bc he ate A TON but I have SERIOUS oversupply with #2 who doesn’t eat nearly as much. So probably more milk and tissue. 

    Post # 11
    515 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    I think mine was about the same for both 1 & 2, and we’ll see with third. Both of my kids were crappy latchers, so I did a lot of pumping and we supplemented with formula.  I tried some of the cookies and fenugreek. Frankly, the cookies were delightful but I don’t think they did much for my supply. 

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