I have a family member who just delivered and her Mother just told me that her breasts have become smaller and are starting to sag. I know she has never eaten "right" (she has a very strong weight problem, thinking she is always fat when she just looks healthy to everyone else) I think having this baby she thinks she has to lose the weight fast and so is not eating properly and reducing her milk production. She is making milk otherwise the baby would be a screaming mess, but I don't think she is making as much as she could and maybe even drying up. When my child was a month old my breasts were hard and so full that they stuck straight out, they didn't "sag" until I started to reduce my babies feedings and then almost disappeared when I stopped breastfeeding. Anyone know another reason her breasts would start to sag only a few weeks into breastfeeding besides lack of nutrition and hydration?Answer Question
Answer by UpSheRises at 12:49 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
Answer by new_mom808 at 12:50 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
Women in the tent cities in Haiti are breastfeeding just fine. They have turned away offers of donor milk and formula. Women in war torn countries like Afganistan are breastfeeding their babies. If a women does not eat enough her baby will most likely thrive and it will draw on her nutrition stores. It normally takes a woman 3 years to recover from childbirth, it would take her longer to recover her nutritional stores and have a healthy womb environment for another baby. (World Health Organization). Not drinking enough will make the milk more concentrated just like your urine will be more concentrated. The baby may pee and poop less. Women that live in those tent cities in Haiti and in Africa aren't getting to drink the ideal amounts of water we get to drink and their babies thrive. Her supply may reduce in volume but if she nurses frequently it will be more concentrated.
Answer by Gailll at 12:58 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
It is normal for your breasts to feel mostly soft after the first weeks
Answer by Gailll at 1:06 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
Answer by jessesmama22 at 1:24 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
Answer by kellimatz at 1:35 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
Answer by Stefanie83 at 1:55 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
Answer by gdiamante at 3:09 PM on Sep. 23, 2010
It CAN affect supply, but I believe you'd have to really starve yourself for your milk to disappear. More likely, baby will get what they need and MOM will suffer. Breasts don't have to "seem" full. It is possible that her supply has regulated, so she would not be visibly engorged. If baby is EBF and she's changing 6-8 diapers in 24 hrs, supply is fine.
Answer by Krysta622 at 3:28 PM on Sep. 23, 2010