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I'm 6 weeks pp and I got my period back. DD still is having lots of wet diapers and seems fine but she's only had one dirty diaper today instead of her usual 3-4. She's also been nursing a lot more than usual this afternoon/evening, and I'm pretty sore, which is unusual for me. My big thing though is that I'm not leaking. Usually I leak like crazy, all day and today, there's nothing. nursing pads are completely dry; usually I have to change at least once per hour. She looks like she's drinking from her swallowing motions, but I'm not sure how much she's getting. I can't really express any milk but I never really can too much, and I'm too sore right now to experiment too much.<br><br>
Last time I had supply issues and my milk disappeared completely overnight, but this time I've had too much if anything. If I let her nurse can she bring the supply up? How do I even know if I'm stabilizing the supply or drying up? DD's little (under 7 lbs still) so I want to make sure she doesn't fall behind. When should I start worrying? I don't want to wait until fontanels start sinking. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
ETA: Here is a video of her nursing... <a href="http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/jj79/fernandez-album/?action=view&current=Pictures138.flv" target="_blank">http://s269.photobucket.com/albums/j...ictures138.flv</a> I think she's doing the swallow pause, but I'm not 100% sure?
 

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When my cycles came back (kids were 2 and 3 mos old), the kids just nursed extra and within a couple cycles, the effects of my hormones on my milk supply seemed less. She probably is getting less milk today, but within a couple days it will bounce back, and you may notice a jump in supply around the time you ovulate. I'd say in 4 or 5 days you should be back to where you were beforehand (unless you hit a growth spurt around then--there's a 6-week growth spurt as well, and that could make it a bit more difficult to figure out what's happening).<br><br>
It can be confusing when it happens, but this seems really typical (wish I'd known that with my first, would've saved me some worrying).
 

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i got mine back 6wks pp too - sucks<br><br>
anyhow, my supply does drop during my period - but i up my iron. i cook everything in a cast iron pan and take fluoridix - found it helps and with the energy level too<br><br>
my iron levels ran very low during pregnancy.<br><br>
any iron issues with you?
 

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I'm on my second period (1st one came at 3months) and my supply level drops, too. It's because of the estrogen. I take Fenugreek capsules around that time to boost supply.
 

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I got mine 4 months pp and definitely noticed a drop in supply. I added calcium/magnesium to my daily vitamin regime (1200mg max daily). I still notice a little dip in supply each month but I am able to pump enough for DS.
 
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