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milk drying up?

what are the signs?

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Asked by Anonymous at 7:20 AM on Sep. 9, 2010 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Not feeling so full, hungrier baby, less milk being expressed. Are you wanting to dry up or no?? There's a few things you can do to either help it along or try to get it back.

    Answer by KariLyn84 at 7:38 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Signs would be that baby doesn't wet enough diapers or doesn't gain weight.

    Not feeling full means your body is regulating what you need and baby is getting what it needs from you, hungrier baby is one that is having a growth spurt and less milk being expressed means that you are not as effective at removing milk as baby is. So, KariLyn's suggestions are wrong.

    Nurse on demand and baby WILL cause you to make enough milk for what it needs. As long as you let baby nurse whenever and for how long it wants to and DO NOT supplement. If baby has at least 6 wet diapers a day and gains weigh by every appt., then, you are making plenty.


    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 7:53 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • BradenIsMySon

    Answer by BradenIsMySon at 7:55 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Constantly lowered/lowering diaper count, lack of gain (both if no supplements are given) What you express, how the breasts feel, and how the baby acts are all too variable to be reliable ways of measuring supply. One day you could feel full and be spraying milk, the next not at all lol. Also milk "drying up" takes a long time, so if behavior/"full" breast feeling/pump output suddenly changes, chances are it isn't milk drying up.

    Answer by preacherskid at 9:11 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Your boobs dont feel like rocks anymore. Your baby seems to wanna eat more

    Answer by mekarevell at 10:49 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Karilyn and Mekarevell are describing supply regulation, which is NORMAL and not a sign of drying up.

    Honestly, you don't just dry up out of nowhere unless you have a hormonal/thyroid issue (including pregnancy). If you are healthy and have been producing milk, and baby is nursing regularly... you will continue to produce milk.

    Diaper counts are the best judge of supply. At least 5-6 disposables a day and you're good.

    Answer by LeanneC at 11:31 AM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Not enough diapers, and weight LOSS. Not necessarily lack of gain. EBF, you should be changing 6-8 diapers in a 24 hr period, regardless of pee or poop. Are YOU having any particular concerns that makes you ask this? Maybe we can address them if you are.

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:46 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

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