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Anyone else noticed a drop in supply before your period?
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 05:40 PM
Anyone else noticed a big drop in supply in the week leading up to your period? It happened to me last month, My boobs felt empty and baby wouldn’t feed particularly well because (I think) the flow slowed right down. She’d only feed for 1 let down each side and getting her to attach long enough for me to let down was hard work. I got my period and my supply bounced right back. Waiting to see if it happens again this month, if so I am seriously considering a galactogue just for that week it was so dramatic.
Posted 11 January 2019 - 06:16 PM
I found that with my first son. My period returned when he was 4 months old. My milk also smelt differently. My son was not happy. It made it very difficult. I ended up getting an IUD. The IUD didn't effect my milk and stopped my period so I could continue to breastfeed happily.
Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:17 PM
Yes! Must be something to do with progesterone levels dropping or something. Thankfully my period only returned after 8.5 months and I weaned at about a year. But in between was such a difficult time - I tried everything - mother's milk tea, vitamins, drink more water, additional pumping and feeding...but could not produce enough to satisfy baby's demand. In the end I had to supplement with formula for a good 10 days or so a month. I'd always had a good supply before then and it would bounce back afterwards.
Maybe as pp suggested an iud or mini pill is worth considering.
Posted 14 January 2019 - 12:23 PM
Because my periods returned at 7 weeks I didn't get to experience if there were any changes or not, it was just "our normal".
If your baby is extra fussy pre period then you could try switch feeding, ie she only stays for one let down then fusses, you keep swapping sides if she will agree, you might get her to take more milk that way, 2, 3, 4 or more sides. Sometimes I had to swap 8 times during a feed due to fussiness.
On reflection, maybe hormone changes were a factor?
Overall, if despite the period of fussiness she still wee's and poo's normally then your supply is adequate and you may not need to do anything to boost your supply other then tricking her into drinking even if she is more fussy.
I suspect the fussiness is the problem which could lead to a drop in intake and thus supply/ milk production rather than supply dropping and causing the fussiness.
Does that make sense?
Posted 03 February 2019 - 04:02 PM
Thanks everyone. I found out my issue, late onset decreased milk supply. https://ibconline.ca/decreased/
Still trying to figure out the root cause but since starting Domperidone LO feeds better on the whole. I still think there is a hormonal influence however as it’s still more challenging the week before my period.
If anyone is interested this guy Dr Jack Newman is amazing. He runs The International Breastfeeding Centre in Toronto and will answer emails personally to breastfeeding women.
Such a great advocate for breastfeeding mothers. Also runs an excellent Facebook page with lots of interesting posts.
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