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Milk Supply Decrease

Question:

My baby is 9 weeks old. I have been breastfeeding exclusively the whole time. I started pumping when he was around 4 weeks old. Lately I have been mainly pumping and actually breastfeeding maybe 3 feedings a day. Three weeks ago I started taking Fenugreek to increase my milk supply so I could return back to work. My milk supply increased a lot. I was able to pump 4.5 oz on the side that I didn't feed from after I breastfeed. Last Monday morning I was able to pump almost 18 oz; and now I am lucky to get 2 oz in the mornings. I haven't changed anything in the last two weeks. Please help me. I would like to figure out why my milk supply has dwindled so much and what to do to bring it back.

Answer:

Debra,

Unfortunately there isn't one easy answer as to why your milk supply may have dwindled. It could be because now that you are feeding at the breast less your body isn't as stimulated by the pump as it is by your baby. I would recommend continuing to pump as you are and if possible even add another pumping session. You can add one in the morning after you baby feeds or one in the evening an hour or two after you put him to bed. When you are pumping at work try looking at pictures of your baby or even watching a video of him on your phone. These mental triggers can help you get better results when pumping.

All the best,

Molly Petersen, CLC

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Molly Petersen

Certified Lactation Counselor