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    Default Losing supply?

    I am demand feeding my 16 week old DS, and for the last week or so, he had been feeding every 4-5 hours. I have always had an over supply of milk, having more than enough for him in only one breast, and he is a big eater!
    EXCEPT today, he has been very unsettled/hungry and wanting boob at least every 2 hours, and he can only suck for about a minute before my boobs are both empty, and they have stayed deflated, which has never happened.
    I'm sure he is going through another growth spurt, but i have never had so little milk before and am so worried that this could be my breastfeeding coming to an end
    I guess i am just looking for some support and hopefully some reassuring stories from anyone else who had a similar experience?

    BTW i totally realise i must sound a bit silly after just being like this for a day, but it's so awful hearing him crying in hunger and for the first time i don't have nearly enough for him and i don't want to supp feed as it would compromise my supply further...

    Any advice or relatable experiences would be much appreciated!

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    I am at the same place ATM.

    Let him feed more often this will help. Look at what your eating as food as a effect on your supply (oats and yeasty things help to build supply). Look at taking some supplements eg frengreek (sp?)
    up your water intake.
    Ring the ABA for more advice....
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    Oh i just wanted add this is a normal thing to happen, Don't stress it is no way a sign that your journey is at the end.

    I am feeding my 6th bub and I been through this with every one of them.
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    On top of him going through a growth spurt, your supply may just be settling down now? I can't remember exactly when, but at some point my boobs no longer felt 'full' or even sore for that matter, but it was just everything settling.

    Perhaps try offering feeds more often than 4-5hrs too? All bubs are different, but I was still feeding 2-3 hourly at that age. Good luck

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    If you have an IDevice (iPhone iPod, iPad) check out the app "the wonder weeks" is it at all possible he might be going through change in development (they have one between 14 and 19 weeks) he might be comfort sucking and just fussing in general?

    I also found Physically I can't tell when my breasts are "full" but if DS sucks too long he pukes because he gets overfull so I know they are loaded

    Good luck I hope you work it out soon

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    What are his nappies like?

    A lot of what you have said can be explained by growth spurts and breasts settling, it doesn't necessarily indicate a loss of supply. These links are great:

    http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...es/low-supply/


    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-...3mum/lowsupply

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    Thanks for replying Loving6, that's very reassuring you have had this 'feeding lull' with each child, i'm sure i am over-reacting but its so hard not to consider the worst outcome!

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    Also remember:

    It is normal for a mother’s breasts to begin to feel less full, soft, even empty, after the first 6-12 weeks.
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    My breasts feel empty! Has my milk supply decreased?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pesca77 View Post
    On top of him going through a growth spurt, your supply may just be settling down now? I can't remember exactly when, but at some point my boobs no longer felt 'full' or even sore for that matter, but it was just everything settling.

    Perhaps try offering feeds more often than 4-5hrs too? All bubs are different, but I was still feeding 2-3 hourly at that age. Good luck

    When he gets cranky the first thing i have always done is offer boob, its so satisfying when he has a big feed
    Thanks for the reply, i'm hoping that settling is what's going on in there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witwicky View Post
    What are his nappies like?

    A lot of what you have said can be explained by growth spurts and breasts settling, it doesn't necessarily indicate a loss of supply. These links are great:

    http://kellymom.com/bf/got-milk/supp...es/low-supply/


    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/common-concerns–mum/lowsupply
    Thanks very much for the links! His nappies have been fairly dry today as he hasn't had enough and been hungry all day.


 

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