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hey guys, its been a while huh?? logans doing awesome; had his 2 week appt yesterday, is weighing in at 7 lbs 2 oz, and is super healthy... i have really upsetting news, well to me at least!! my milk seems to be drying up, or maybe not, i dunno.. but my breasts arent as big, (lol, short lived huh?) and they are constantly SOFT!! but logan seems to be breastfeeding still, just not as often.. idunno any advice?! i really wanted to nurse, but it seems like its not going to happen anymore..
one more thing to add... there does seem to be milk in there, but i dont have to change my nursing pads nearly as often.. please someone any advice here?
It sounds like your milk has just adjusted to the amount that he needs to eat. They will not always be hard and engorged like they were the first week or so. As long as you are feeding when he is hungry and he is still having enough wet and dirty diapers then he is getting enough to eat. When he goes through a growth spurt he will want to eat more often and then your milk supply should increase. If you want to increase your milk supply you can feed him and then pump for a few minutes after he is done. At first you probably won't get much milk because he will have eaten it but after a day or so your body will produce more and there will be extra left over when he is done eating. That may put your mind at ease to know if you are still producing milk.
Ruth - Wife to Scott, Mommy to Will (12/2007), James (3/2009), Ellie (11/2010), & Faith (9/2012)
Hi there, I just want to second what Ruth said. I've been doing some reading, and our breasts adjust to the amount of milk we need to supply the baby's demands. We'll feel smaller and softer but the milk is still there.
When you say he isn't nursing as much, do you mean as frequently or as long?
And your body does start to normal out, you don't stay huge and engorged, and you don't like drip puddles for the whole time. So I wouldn't give up unless it seems he's unsatisfied and you've tried things to fix it or he isn't gaining weight or anything. But if he looked good at his check-up I think maybe you're just starting to normal out and you'll still be able to bf for as long as you want.
I had this happen with my DD and ended up having to add in formula.. I was then told about "Fenugreek", because I too wanted to nurse as long as possible.. It WORKED! I didn't have heavy chi-chi's, however, while taking it, each time she'd nurse, I'd feel them fill up.. It helped me a lot.. I plan on having some on hand this time around, in case that happens again.. GL!!!