My DD is almost 15 months, and I'm currently still taking supplements to boost my supply. Originally I started them because she had a posterior tongue tie that took 3m to be properly diagnosed, and even after it was corrected, she had trouble getting milk out efficiently if I didn't take supplements to keep my supply on the high side (because that increased the flow). I decreased the supplements, but then a month or two ago, I was away for 5 days pumping, ovulated, and then I got a bad stomach flu that lasted a week within a day of coming home, so my supply dropped way down very suddenly and didn't come back on it's own, and so I increased the herbs again to get my supply up. My supply also regularly dips a lot between O and AF.
I feel as though it is a bit unnatural to keep taking these supply boosting herbs with a toddler (although having her only nurse once in the middle of the day because I'm away at work is also in it's own way not "natural," from a historical standpoint at least, so I'm not really sure how to classify what is "natural" or not, especially since there doesn't seem to be a lot of research out there about toddler nursing...), plus it would be nice to be able to stop paying for them. However, I'm worried about my supply dropping off to nothing when I go off the herbs (the way that it did a few months ago when I was really sick). I tried to wean off the supplements completely when she was still an infant, and my supply dipped too much, and I had to go back on them.
For those of you who have taken supply boosting supplements, when did you go off them, and how did you do it? Did your supply go right back to where it was before you started supplementing (i.e. back to being too low) or did it go down but still remain sufficiently high for the LO to BF?
Any other tips?
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