Sudden Drop in Pumping Output

Question:

Recently, I have seen and significant decrease in the amount that I am pumping while away from my baby. I use the Affinity Double Electric with the large flanges and until recently had been having a lot of success. This morning alone though I only pumped 2 oz when I have usually been pumping at least 3 oz or more. My baby seems satisfied when I am able to nurse, but pumping has become a huge source of concern as of late. Any advice?

Answer:

Courtney,

When you pump are you mimicking the same schedule baby would be feeding on? That is important as you want your body to regularly get the same  signals and triggers during those times.  Even skipping one can affect supply.  Are there any medications like birth control or allergy medication that you have started taking as those can affect supply as well. Gentle massage before and during pumping has been shown to yield more milk so you can try that and  you can also adjust the settings on the pump to see if that helps as well. Sometimes, if you use the same settings, your body gets used to it and levels off. So adjusting to a slower or higher suction can often help as well.  Please let us know if any of these work and if we can help answer more questions.

Kindest Regards,

Gina Ciagne, CLC

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