Monday, July 16, 2007

I might run out of milk?!

Now that I know Little Elvis' hips are alright, I've got more time to worry about other, more abstract issues.

My latest concern is running out of breast milk. In the past couple of weeks I've met two women who simply ran out of milk. One had a son that was two days older than Little Elvis and she had to start supplementing because she couldn't produce enough for him. The other woman had an 8 month old, but said she had to switch to formula at 5 and a half months because she simply ran out of milk.

I had no idea this happened! I thought that as long as you regularly fed, then you would continue producing milk. So, yay, something else for me to fret over.

Since it's now recommended that you breastfeed for at least a year, I had planned on trying to reach that goal. My mom and my doctor didn't think I would make it, and now I'm having my doubts as well.

Grr. I really don't need other things to worry about, I come up with enough crazy scenarios on my own -- such as my decision when he was 7 weeks old that he couldn't go to waterparks because wave pools seem dangerous. Bob is fighting me on this one.

Did any of you run out of milk? I hope not! Please let me know your experiences.


Anonymous Dawn said...

Meredith, as long as you breastfeed him whenever he needs it - for as long as he needs it, you'll make milk. It simply doesn't dry up - drying up takes weeks of missed feedings, or major stress, etc. You also need a SUPPORTIVE group around you. You won't run out of milk unless you stop feeding him, or "supplementing" ... the less you breastfeed him, the less your body needs to make. So more is better :)

1:34 PM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Thanks for the reassurance Dawn! I was hoping that maybe they had been missing feedings or something like that.

1:36 PM  
Blogger melonhead said...

Meredith - I'm afraid that I'm one of those people that ran of milk. For the longest time, I had excellent supply (I was pumping 60 ounces a day during my peak and I constantly had more than enough to freeze). But around 10 months-11 months, I basically dried up. It started gradually and then accelerated quickly. I was shocked b/c I didn't think that I would lose my milk so quickly. The freezer stash go us through 11.5 months. But we did have to supplement with formula for the final weeks:( In our case, the drying up process started when Jackie started sleeping through the night at around 4.5 months. But even though my supply started o decrease at this time, it didn't bother me b/c I still had more than enough. But towards the end, it just got wiped out.

Good luck!

8:03 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

I noticed a drop off in my milk production when I returned to work, and when Gage started sleeping for longer stretches.

If I had pumped more frequently, I'm convinced I could have kept it up longer. little man self-weaned. He was not so into nursing much...and we had a freezer stash for up to...6 months, 6.5 months, I think.

My goal was to nurse for a year too. That didn't happen, and in the end I was okay with that.

Don't worry about your milk drying up. Worry about more concrete issues: whatever you are facing in the here & now. Don't worry about what-ifs!

12:24 PM  

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