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Hi. I've been breastfeeding my baby who is now 6 months old and everything has been going great until recently. This week when I pump I am only getting like an ounce from each breast after 20-30 minutes. Up until now I have had plenty of milk to feed an army of babies. Even going 6 hours without pumping they are not full anymore?? What is going on?<br>
Where did my milk go? IT makes me wonder how much my little one is actually getting when she nurses. I drink tea for nursing every morning. I have slowed my water consumption down, and haven't been eating like I normally do because I work all day. I suspect it could be the water, but just don't know. I need my milk!! I am so scared I will have to wean or something. How can I get my milk production back where it used to be?
 

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Sorry, I know this can be hard. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
I think you could be right about the water. Why not try really drinking lots of water and see if that doesn't help. I have noticed recently that it takes forever for my milk to let down- I think it could be lack of water too.<br><br>
Good luck! If the water doesn't help, maybe you could call your local LLL?
 

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First, are you sure it's low supply? Breasts continue to get softer and feel less full as the nursing relationship continues, b/c they use less hormones and more prolactin receptors, which make only exactly what baby needs. Also, pumping is not at all an indicator of what your baby is getting. Your baby is much more efficient than a pump at extracting milk -- I know women who breastfed several healthy babies for years, and who could never cover the bottom of a bottle when they pumped. It could be that when you were pumping before you actually had EXTRA milk, and that's why you got lots out.<br>
But most important, how is your baby's diaper output? If it's copious, then you can reduce your worrying (although I know that's hard <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> ). Diaper output is the gold standard for measuring how much the baby is getting.<br><br>
If it is low supply, I would guess it is the food rather than the water. Water is important for all body functions, but drinking *lots* of water does not correlate to making *more* milk. You just have to make sure you're getting *enough* water to maintain your normal supply. Eating more calories and getting more rest, though, may very well increase your supply. If you've had enough milk all this time, that means that you have enough prolactin receptors to continue making milk, so that's good news. If you want to understand prolactin receptors better, search over at kellymom.com .<br><br>
The fact that the tea isn't upping the fullness of your breasts really makes me wonder if it is food or stress related.<br><br>
OR it could be your period. Milk supply lowers for anywhere from 1-2 weeks before your period comes, and continues to be low for a few days into it. You don't have to do anything about it, but if you want to increase your supply during your period, you can take extra calcium-magnesium supplements. If you haven't gotten your period yet, maybe this is the first sign that it's coming this month?<br><br>
Here are some links that should help:<br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-supply.html</a><br><a href="http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/hindrances.html" target="_blank">http://www.breastfeed-essentials.com/hindrances.html</a><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/breast-fullness.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/breast-fullness.html</a><br><br>
Let us know what you end up doing!
 

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mbravebird wrote:"OR it could be your period. Milk supply lowers for anywhere from 1-2 weeks before your period comes, and continues to be low for a few days into it. You don't have to do anything about it, but if you want to increase your supply during your period, you can take extra calcium-magnesium supplements. If you haven't gotten your period yet, maybe this is the first sign that it's coming this month?"<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod"> Thanks for the good info. That is probably right on for me. Dd #2 is almost a year old and I have been feeling like Aunt Flo is on the way back. It's been nice without her...
 

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My baby is 4 mo old and I just went through this same thing. I tried everything and nothing was really working and she started eating closer together and then not being satisfied.<br><br>
I started taking fenugreek and that helped a little then it got worse again. I finally had to go on reglan to help my supply. I just finished 12 days of reglan and I am making enough for my baby again. I had to stop nursing my 2 yr old at 3 1/2 mo for this same reason and had tried all the herbs and such and nothing helped. so did more research this time and I am so glad I did!!!!!!<br><br><br>
also found out hypothyroidism can cause a low supply so now off to get my thyroid checked out..........
 

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Thanks for the answers. I don't think it is AF coming yet (well I sure hope not, cause I don't miss her!! :LOL Today I tried some relaxation breathing while pumping and it was a little better getting let downs. Maybe it is my pump too. Not sure what parts to replace or what but I had to do one breast at a time. I do need to learn to sit down and drink my water, but I seem to fill up a glass and forget about it. Ever since I became pregnant it is just so hard to sit down YKWIM. I guess I am just worried because I don't want to have to supplement and soon I will need to find a job part or full time and I need lots of milk for her. I am new to breastfeeding since not many people around me has done it and this is my first time. Guess I should look around this site more for good info. I am not really sure how long I plan on nursing. I've always just said as long as I can, but am not sure when that is going to be. Glad to have all you mamas here for help. Thanks again.
 

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I had similar concerns when DS was about 6 months old. I talked to a lactation consultant and she told me something that I am not sure a lot of mamas know.<br><br>
Mint and Sage are anti-galactologues (I think I spelled that wrong?) Meaning they decrease your milk supply and can make you even dry up in an extreme scenario.<br>
Since I was caffeine free, Mint tea was a natural alternative. Trying to stay hydrated I was drinking TONS of mint tea... WHOOPS. No more.<br><br>
Now I drink the Mama's Milk Tea, no supply issues anymore -- I just think it tastes GREAT!<br><br>
Hope this helps a little!
 
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