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sudden drop in milk supply

This is a discussion on sudden drop in milk supply within the Breastfeeding Mothers Support Group forum, part of the MummySG Special Group category; Dear Mummies, i have been expressing milk since i gave birth (3 mths + ago) and the supply has already ...

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    Unhappy sudden drop in milk supply

    Dear Mummies,

    i have been expressing milk since i gave birth (3 mths + ago) and the supply has already built up. This week i was sick and given antibiotics and cant give my baby the expressed milk. When i continued to pump after the 3rd day of medication, i realised there is a sudden drop in my supply - used to be able to pump 180ml every 3 hours, now only around 150ml or even lesser, even though i drink a lot of water. What is happening? Will i be able to regain my supply after i finish my medicine or that's it for the baby? I really hope to bf him as long as possible.

    Please help.

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    Re: sudden drop in milk supply

    i have the same issue whenever i am sick. my supply always drop even its just a slight cold. but each time after i recover, my supply will slowly climb back up - that's with me keeping up with the pump sessions as normal.

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    Re: sudden drop in milk supply

    sounds like quite normal then... coz last time i did not have this problem... is it becoz of the medicine we are taking?
    my supply drop quite drastically ... and when you recover are you still taking medicine? i will continue with the pumping though...

    thanks for the advice.

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    Re: sudden drop in milk supply

    i think it differs from person to person, but supply can be affected by several things:
    - stress level
    - fluids intake amount
    - amount of sleep
    - well being of mummy (sick or not)

    and i, sadly get affected by all. haha

    whenever i go and see GP, i would always tell the GP that i'm BF-ing and ask if the medication he/she prescribes is going to have impact on my supply or whether's its BF-ing safe.

    and yes, you will still need to continue with your regular pump schedules, despite the drop of supply


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    Re: sudden drop in milk supply

    I was down with fever and my supply dropped too. Was very worried but it went back to normal.

    A few days ago, I was down with food poisoning and my supple again dwindled. Now I am trying to get it back to normal =)

    You do need to make sure that you get plenty of fluids when you抮e sick, because you dont抰 want to become dehydrated. Often your milk supply will decrease during and immediately after your illness, but your supply will build back up when you feel better.

    Taken from When a Nursing Mother Gets Sick

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    Re: sudden drop in milk supply

    Try drinking some nursing tea. I dont't know if it really works or it's just in my head, but my supply always recovers after a drop if I persist with pumping, latch-on & sipping on nursing tea. I have breastfed for 6 months and going.

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