Decreasing Milk Supply
A sudden drop in your milk can be startling and even depressing – especially when you aren’t sure why it’s happening!
I think it’s important to know some of the “hidden” causes of a decrease in breast milk, which is what I’ll be talking about in this post today.
好消息是,当你发现什么the issue is, you can almost always recover – it might just take a little bit of time and patience.
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。
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差异证据 - 奥利弗大约三个月大的一天，我注意到我的泵输出低于平常。看起来很奇怪......然后我记得我已经吃掉了几乎是一袋薄荷M＆MS。我不知道它是否相关......但是谁知道。
I have read it has to be actual mint or mint extract – not artificial.
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!
它有一些其他难看的副作用，我不爱。根据Mosby’s Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements，由Linda Skidmore-Roth，它也可能导致减少药物吸收。
虽然我不是给牛奶供应补充剂的巨大粉丝，但有一系列补充剂Legendairy Milkthat is fenugreek free. I know a lot of people who rave about them.
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.
There are plenty of mothers who can use the Mirena IUD with no effects whatsoever…but it’s impossible to know if it will affect your body or not until you try (and I’m not sure it’s worth the risk).
The copper IUD (Paragrad) is non-hormonal and should have no impact on your milk supply.
Not Nursing on Demand
Timing schedules and not listening to your baby’s cues can make your supply suffer. It is SO important to feed 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.
The best advice I can give new moms is to stop watching the clock and just feed your baby when they want it (while, of course, knowing the signs that your baby isn’t getting enough).
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。
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!”
If you have trouble with pumping or aren’t sure how to use it,点击这里to check out our pumping and milk supply. class.
Wrong Size Flanges
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.
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.
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!
Not Eating Enough Calories
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，请确保阅读此帖子母乳喂养时减肥(without impacting your supply).
Often, when a new mother starts a new exercise regimen, it can be hard to know if you are eating and drinking enough. Moderate exercise shouldn’t affect your supply too much – just make sure you keep up those calories and drinking – and read these tips aboutexercise and breastfeeding。
Many breastfeeding mothers do these types of exercises and do just fine, but youhaveto make sure you are eating enough and not losing all your extra water through sweat!
当你生病时，它可能很难吃饱，并且坦率地喝酒，甚至想要护理。在此期间，可以常见的是供应量。要记住的一件事是，随着大多数疾病，你仍然可以护理你的宝宝 - 事实上，建议你可以创造他们需要对抗它的抗体！
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.
如果妈妈在这段时间下降，我通常建议削减固体，直到您可以重新获得供应。总是提供母乳firstand then solids shortly after.
我们个人总是这样做婴儿领导的断奶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?
我在这篇文章中深入了解这个主题 -增加母乳供应的终极指南- 但总的来说，这里有一些基本提示，了解您的牛奶供应是否已丢弃：
- 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。我经常看到母亲在不知不觉中“过度喂养”他们的婴儿，因为他们只是给他们的宝宝泵送了他们泵送的所有牛奶......然后他们的供应量度更多，他们担心，因为他们不能跟上。
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!
Most women see that their milk regulates around 4-6 weeks.