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I am asking this because I am starting to think about another baby (just thinking, no action yet!) and am sort of reviewing how things went with DD. She is still nursing, but I've always felt like my supply might be kind of marginal--she gained very slowly the first six months until she started solids, and dropped from 10% at birth to 3-5% at 5 1/2 months until she started eating solids, then she porked right up and is now closer to the 50% percentile at 15 months. I used to nurse her constantly, cosleep, babywear, etc etc. I have one breast that is markedly smaller than the other and doesn't seem to produce as much, but it does produce milk. I had some problems with DD at birth in terms of latch, and then pain for the first three months due to undiagnosed thrush in my milk ducts and vasospasm (which resolved when the thrush got cleared up.)<br><br>
Anyway, I haven't done a lot of the things that some other low-supply mamas have had to resort to (domperidone, constant fenugreek, crazy-frequent pumping to nurse, but I do feel like my supply is . . . questionable. DD always had plenty of wet diapers but not a lot of poopys, and I did all the recommended things to make sure she got enough hindmilk--switch nursing (back and forth numerous times in one feeding), breast compression, massage, frequent feedings, etc. etc. Anyway, I am not sure what the deal was/is, and in one way it doesn't matter because DD is 15 months, happy, healthy, and still nursing. But I'm just wondering--what do y'all think? Is this really a supply issue?<br><br>
Has anyone either had definitely low supply, or suspicions of lower supply with one baby, despite doing everything "right", and had a subsequent baby without these types of issues? Thanks in advance!
 

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I had a low supply with dd my first and had to take fenugreek, pump, nurse around the clock, etc to ensure she got enough!<br><br>
With ds my second I had such an oversupply the first several months that I would pump during the day between his feedings to relieve engorgement! I was so worried I would have a low supply again and had just the oposite!<br><br>
Hope this helps.<br><br>
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Same here. Ds 1 was really fussy and skinny -- it took him 5 weeks to get back to his birth weight and then he was in 60% for length and 30% for weight at 4 mos -- he nursed at 30 min. intervals for months and months.<br><br>
Ds2 was back to his birth weight in 4 days and at 5 weeks he's a little chunk and I have WAY too much milk -- the poor lad is constantly choking from my oversupply.<br><br>
i was also worried about this when I was pregnant, but everything can be totally different with a different child.
 

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Thanks for your replies! One more question for you two--did you notice anything different between the two babies that you think might cause a difference in your milk supply? And were you tandem nursing? (I just met one mom who had two really small babies who grew very slowly, but now she's nursing a toddler and a new babe and her new babe is growing way faster than the other two did, and she thinks it's because the toddler is nursing and she feels like she has much more milk this time.)<br><br>
I do seem to have a pretty fast letdown and pretty decent amount of milk on one side--the "favorite" side, lol! (the other side produces somewhat less milk, but works nevertheless!). When DD was smaller she would sometimes be nursing sidelying and be gulping away and still have milk pouring out of her nose and puddling on the bed! I wonder sometimes if that has let DD sort of "skate by" with a somewhat workable but less than optimal latch, and if maybe I don't have a true supply issue but maybe a foremilk/hindmilk issue. From 0-3 months I had a terrible time nursing, which turned out to be undiagnosed ductal thrush. She was a really slow gainer and stopped gaining well at about 4-5 months. From 0-6 months for one reason or another (sore nipples, weight gain issues) I messed with her endlessly trying to get her to take more of the areola, saw several LC's, went to League, took her for craniosacral therapy, etc. It helped, but it was still not perfect.<br><br>
The last few days I've been getting somewhat sore nipples because she's clamping on when she goes to sleep and isn't letting go without a fight, but now that she's almost 16 months and she actually can follow verbal instuctions better, I've been able to slightly change the way she's latching in the last few days to get her lower jaw more on the breast, and I think I can feel a bit of a difference.<br><br>
Anyone else have any input on this?
 

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I also have had competely different nursing experiences with my kids. With my first, I had a serious supply problem...did the fenugreek, domperidone, pumping all of the time, and had to supplement. I had to fight for every drop of breastmilk and it was just tough to live that way. With my DD (also an Ella <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> ) I had a bit of an oversupply for a bit and have had such an easy time nursing. So it can happen.<br><br>
Of course the second time around you are obviously more experienced and can catch problems before they really happen, so that helps. I hope you have an easy time nursing your not yet conceived future baby. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I'm a low supply mom. I was able to supply about 33% with my first. With my second, that went up to about 40%. I'm pregnant with #3 and hoping that will continue to go up - I will also be tandem nursing.
 
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