HELP Milk Drying Up

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Sarahsmommy - June 14

Help!!! I have not been br___tfeeding Sarah during the day for a few weeks now. I had planned to continue at night and in the morning for a while. Well yesterday I noticed my milk is completely drying up. A couple weeks ago I went off depo-provera and they put me on Lo-estrin, I'm sure this is the reason. I'm gonna call the doctors office but how do I stop it from completely drying up? Help!!!

 

Rabbits07 - June 14

Everything that I have read on b/c and b___stfeeding says that any estrogen based pill, even low dose, can lower milk supply...it actually stated that the number of women who's supplies weren't affected was minimal, that most women do have a decrease. The only way I can think of to keep it from drying up is to change to a non-estrogen b/c. I know the depo-provera is non-estrogen...I don't know if you had problems with it that you changed. I would ask my dr. about other non-estrogen forms of b/c until I was ready to wean.

 

ash2 - June 14

that is probally why youe milk is drying up. your milk will come in based on how often a baby feeds. every night is not enough. you will need to either pump or b___stfeed at least every 4 hours for your milk to come in . you will eventually totally dry up if you keep waiting long to pump. this is how you dry yourself up is to not pump anymore. drink lots of water and eat 500 more calories during the day than you normally would . this should help alot.

 

Rabbits07 - June 14

sarahsmommy, ash2 is right about your milk being based on demand, but your body should adapt to the 1-2 feedings a day and make just enough milk for those feedings. If you've been doing only night and morning feeds for a few weeks and only started drying up after the b/c change, my bet is that it's the b/c.

 

bbelmore - June 14

I'm on Micronor... I was prescribed it before even gettingpregnant and BF because I have chronic migraine and estrogen can cause blood clots and stroke in people with migraine, I have not noticed even the slightest drop in milk supply ( I was kind of hoping for a little decrease cause I'm an E34 with an overactive letdown) The only thing I find difficult is that you have to take it at the same time everyday ( within two hours) and there is no week off like with combined pills. Ask about it. It seems to be great!

 

Sarahsmommy - June 14

Yeah I was doing fine with the only feeding 2-3 times a day until this week. I'm also on the 3rd week of the pill so I'm pretty sure it's from that. I was spotting continusly on depo so that why they switched me to the pill. I'm gonna call about it tomorrow and I'll ask about the micronor, thanks everyone.

 

kayla_shauntel_05 - June 15

I did not take birth control or anything, and my milk dried up just about two weeks after having my baby. I was pumping 3-5 times a day and feeding it to her, and I wanted to keep going. I noticed each time I pumped, I pumped longer and got less. I went ahead and let it dry up, but I miss b___stfeeding because of the bonding with her and the weight loss. I was b___stfeeding her some as well, but she often got fussy and would not stayed latched on.

 

BaileysMummy - June 16

Your body does produce milk based on the demand. You could use a b___st pump during the day, which should help increase your milk supply. My milk dried up when my son was 10 weeks old (I only every pumped as he was ill in hospital) and it is very upsetting and stressful. I had to put him on formula, which I was a__sured provides all the nutrients they require. Do not worry if you have to do the same, it does not make you any less of a mum.

 

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