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View Poll Results: Have you had low milk supply while breastfeeding?
Yes, I have had low milk supply and worked with an IBLC lactation consultant 9 34.62%
Yes, I have had low milk supply, but I haven't worked with an IBLC lactation consultant 4 15.38%
No, I have not had supply problems 13 50.00%
Maybe? 0 0%
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  #1  
September 28th, 2010, 04:28 PM
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Okay wanted to throw this out for a poll. I am curious the real stats on low milk supply. I find it hard to find balanced information. I am about as pro breastfeeding as a person can be, but I have also struggled with supply issues with more than one child. I know my hospital alone has 7 lactation consultants which leads me to believe that plenty of women do have problems. I have seen some sites say that low milk supply is at around 2%, and this number can easily make someone feel like a complete and total failure if they run into true and real supply issues in spite of doing everything right. I have also seen other places site that low milk supply seems to be on the rise and I suspect there are environmental issues in play here and not just mismanagement as some would suggest. So I guess the long ramble of this poll is I am curious how many women have had supply issues and how many had no breastfeeding issues.
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September 28th, 2010, 04:34 PM
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I voted. I had supply issues with Brandon and worked with a lactation consultant but with most of my kids I didn't have issues.
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September 30th, 2010, 11:19 AM
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I had supply issues with my second son and after 3 months of pumping, constant feeding and even taking a prescription my lactation consultant reccomended I still dried up. I felt like such a failure and the attitudes of some pro-breastfeeding to the point of not considering other people's feelings didn't help any. At the time I was under a lot of stress and dealing with depression because of it so I believe that is what caused my issues. I successfully breastfed my third for 13 months after though. I think that it is a real issue although I think that a lot of woman are wrongly told they have a supply issue when is reality the baby is just going through a growth spurt or the supply has leveled off and even though they don't feel the fullness ect baby is getting enough.
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September 30th, 2010, 12:17 PM
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With my son milk never came in, he had sucking problems, I do not know how much that had an effect on it. I saw a lactation consultant twice in the hospital, and took the in hospital breastfeeding class with the baby.

With my twins I pumped every three hours, and took regalin. The most I ever pumped at once was 3oz, averaged about 2 oz per session. And my milk dried up at almost 3 months. I saw a lactation consultant the day they were born, and then every other day for a couple weeks while trying to breastfeed in the NICU. I only managed to get Lillian latched on twice. I pumped in front of the computer while listening to videos of the babies crying in the NICU (the crying really did help)
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September 30th, 2010, 02:04 PM
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I've had supply issues since DD started STTN (8 weeks!)
When her sleep recently regressed my supply issues vanished because of increase in nursing frequency.
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September 30th, 2010, 10:40 PM
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I had a very low milk supply with my middle child, our general doc's nurse has some sort of lactation certification and went over what I could do to improve it. However, it was cheaper for me to just go ahead and get the free formula from WiC that to try all the things she gave me a list to get.
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October 1st, 2010, 07:36 AM
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When I had my son I tried and tried to breastfeed. He latched well and would feed but was still starving. I pumped and pumped and pumped, saw a consultant and even took reglan. Nothing worked. Even pumping I woudl get an ounce from both breasts. It is really hard when people say there is no such thing as a low supply problem because I was devastated when i could not provide enough for my child.
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November 2nd, 2010, 10:38 AM
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November 3rd, 2010, 03:31 AM
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I have not had issues with this myself, but one of my friends did.
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