Decreasing Milk Supply
牛奶突然滴在甚至令人沮丧 - 特别是当你不确定为什么会发生时！
好消息是，当你发现问题是什么时，你几乎总是恢复 - 它可能只需要一点时间和耐心。
机会是，你一直在母乳喂养。但是，我强烈建议签署我们的pumping and milk supply online class这是24/7的可用。它有很多技巧，用于了解牛奶供应和抽水更多。
Originally published in February 2018. Updated November 2019.
This is seriously huge when it comes to milk supply. And unfortunately, the stress of having your breast milk supply drop can make stress levels even higher!
My lactation consultant said she always recommends moms go to get massages when they are dealing with a decrease in supply, simply because it helps them relax. If you are noticing a big drop in supply, try and eliminate any and all extra stress you might have. Your mental health will thank you, too!
Circumstantial evidence – one day when Oliver was about three months old, I noticed that my pump output was lower than usual. It seemed weird…and then I remembered I had eaten almost a whole bag of mint M&Ms. I don’t know if it was related… but who knows.
I have read it has to be actual mint or mint extract – not artificial.
Ah yes…Fenugreek. It’s often the first thing mothers turn to when they are struggling with their supply. I did, too!
And for some moms, it can help. However, it can have the opposite effect – especially with women who have a thyroid problem. Fenugreek can “influence the active thyroid hormone your body uses. This [can] make hypothyroidism worse and reduce milk production.” (来源)
If Fenugreek is going to work, it will typically be seen in 24-72 hours…so if you aren’t feeling like it’s helping or hurting after that…I would probably just stop. It’s not worth smelling like maple syrup or causing you and/or baby gastric distress!
It has some other unsightly side effects, which I don’t love. According toMosby的草药手册和自然补充剂琳达斯基德莫尔-Roth, it may also cause reduced absorption of medications.
While I’m not a huge fan of taking supplements for milk supply, there is a line of supplements fromLegendairy Milkthat is fenugreek free. I know a lot of people who rave about them.
欧芹是另一个被认为减少牛奶供应的草本植物......所以要小心吃饭也much parsley in your meals!
This is why the mini pill is often prescribed to breastfeeding mothers because it doesn’t typically have an effect on breast milk supply.
A lot of moms are told to get an IUD, which can be a great form of birth control. However, there are many mothers who report having a drop in supply while using the Mirena IUD.
There was an article I read a while back that discussed this topic, though the website seems to be down. The author suggested that there are more moms who have their milk negatively impacted by it than we may realize, simply because they don’t realize the Mirena is the culprit.
Sage is yet another herb to be careful with. A small amount shouldn’t do too much harm.
These are designed to dry up your sinuses….and unfortunately, they will dry your milk supply right up alongside them. Fortunately, you should be able to recover, but it’s best to avoid them as much as possible while breastfeeding. Mothers who are trying to dry up their milk supply are often told using a decongestant because it does a pretty darn good job.
Not Nursing on Demand
When you try and schedule feeds or limit when baby is eating – especially in the beginning – it goes against the natural process of milk production and your body may not make milk when it needs to.
Not Pumping When You Miss a Feed
母乳制作是一种供需过程 - 如果您错过了喂养或泵会议，那么您基本上告诉您的身体您不需要制作牛奶。
Now, if you miss one pump session, it *probably* won’t affect things too much (though I do know some women where it has). However, it’s important to make sure you are regularly stimulating the breast to keep up your supply.
I recommend that you don’t go more than three hours during the day without nursing or pumping.
And if the baby gets a bottle instead of nursing, it’s important to pump around the same time. Even if your baby is eating from a bottle, your body doesn’t know that. You have to pump to tell your body, “Yes! Baby needs milk still!”
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Wrong Size Flanges
我听说过好事Pumpin’ Pal Flange set, which makes it possible to get the perfect fit.
Yet another herb that’s associated with decreasing milk supply. Don’t go to crazy with your next Italian meal!
Low Milk Supply During Period
This is the one that I think is often the culprit for most mothers. I didn’t experience this with Jack, but I definitely did with Oliver, and it was horrible.
The first time it happened, I literally thought my milk supply had disappeared overnight. He would try and nurse and a let down would not happen…and it would take switching back and forth about five times for him to get one.
And after that, without fail, about two days before my period would start, the same thing would happen.
Unfortunately, there’s no way to know if you will be affected until it happens. On Kelly Mom, it suggests the following to help:
Calcium dosages this high should not be taken alone but as a calcium/magnesium (or calcium/magnesium/zinc) combination. Otherwise, the calcium will not be adequately absorbed into your body.”
It is recommended to start this regimen when you ovulate through the end of your cycle (来源）。当然，请consult with your doctor before starting any new vitamins.
Drinking too Much Water
I know – this might sound shocking!但专业人士同意– drinking too much water can actually hurt your supply, maybe even more so than not drinking enough.
So drink to thirst – and maybe a little more. But don’t overdo it!
With a lot of the lactation cookies and other lactation foods out there, I also think that the main benefit of these just come from them adding more calories.
I also recommend reading about直觉饮食- 我认为学习倾听你的身体会确保它足以让牛奶给宝宝来说，这可能会有所帮助！
如果您愿意，请确保阅读此帖子lose weight while breastfeeding（不影响您的供应）。
Too much exercise
通常，当一个新的母亲开始新的锻炼方案时，如果你正在吃喝，很难知道。适度运动不应该影响你的供应太多 - 只是确保你保持那些卡路里和饮酒 - 并阅读这些提示exercise and breastfeeding.
The time I see exercise affecting a mother’s milk the most is when it’s a sudden change, and it’s a lot of intense exercises (such as Cross Fit).
Many breastfeeding mothers do these types of exercises and do just fine, but you有to make sure you are eating enough and not losing all your extra water through sweat!
When you are sick, it can be hard to eat and drink enough, and, quite frankly, even want to nurse. It can be common to see a drop in supply during this time. One thing to remember is that with most illnesses, you can still nurse your baby – in fact, it’s recommended so you can create the antibodies they need to fight it!
I’ve observed that many mothers see a drop in supply around the 8-9 month mark. As I’ve thought about it, I have a few suspicions as to why. The first one is that solids are becoming more a part of the baby’s diet.
I do believe it’s important to introduce solids and encourage them (and I don’t love the phrase “food before one is just for fun), however, it’s very important that breast milk remains the primary source of nutrition. If the baby starts to replace too much milk with solids, your supply will definitely take a hit.
We personally always do婴儿领导的断奶with our children, which I feel always was a pretty natural transition to eating more solids without hurting my milk supply.
How do I Know if My Milk Supply is Low?
I’ve written about this topic in-depth in this post –The Ultimate Guide to Increasing Breast Milk Supply– but in general, here are a few basic tips for knowing if your milk supply has dropped:
- Baby is upset at the breast and can’t seem to get a letdown
- Lower weight gain (this does not always mean your supply is low – my boys had low weight gain because of reflux. But it’s certainly worth looking into)
This is not usually the case. The goal is to produce enough milk for your baby – and an oversupply is not as glamorous as you would think. In general, a mother who is pumping in addition to breastfeeding full time an expect to produce .25-2 ounces TOTAL from a pump session. In place of a nursing session, average is about an ounce or so an hour.
这也是为什么练习起搏喂食并保持瓶子是重要的1-1.25 ounces per hour. I often see mothers who unknowingly “overfeed” their babies because they just give their baby all the milk they pump…and then when their supply regulates more, they worry because they can’t keep up.
When you keep to the 1-1.25 ounces per hour rule, it helps prevent this (and you can freeze that extra milk!)
I hope that this was helpful to anyone who is worried about a sudden drop in milk supply. Please feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or concerns!
When Does Milk Supply Regulate?
Most women see that their milk regulates around 4-6 weeks.