I've read all the posts and website out here about the safety of 5-HTP while breastfeeding, so the safety issue is not what I'm wondering about.
Has anyone experienced the suppression of lactation while taking it? I am struggling to produce enough- I pump exclusively, so I know how much I make at each pumping. I can't function without my 5-HTP, but it seems to be affecting my milk supply. Anyone else have this happen? I wish I could switch to formula at this point, but my baby is severely allergic to dairy and soy. I'm feeling pretty trapped :/
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I'm guessing that most people breastfeed normally and don't know exactly how many ounces of milk they produce. They nurse on demand, like I used to be able to do, and know that their bodies will make sufficient milk as long as the baby gets to nurse for as long as they need.
I decided that the stress of not producing enough milk made the 5-HTP irrelevant and I am happier knowing that my bottles are overflowing. Any time I feel funky, I will take one dose. But I prefer giving myself a pep talk and admiring my milk supply... *chuckle* So I've been "off" the 5-HTP and instead of pumping every two hours and only getting 2-4 ounces, I pump three or four times in a 24 hour period and produce 40 to 50 ounces.
For some reason, knowing that I'm not going to run out of food cheers me up immensely! I guess food for my whole family is a mood trigger...hmmm... I just figured this out about myself! I'm a genius! Hahaha!