I think my milk supply is decreasing. The thought of it depresses me. Breastfeeding is such a joy, I would hate it if I had to stop.
I noticed the last few days that my breasts* haven’t felt as full and I haven’t had any leaking. Yesterday I forgot to put in my little liners in my nursing bra and didn’t leak the entire day. Foxy is nursing regularly, but I still feel like I am not giving her enough. Last night before bed I pumped and where I normally get 4-5 ounces, I only got 2. Not good.
I’ve done some research and I am going to try a few things over the next week to increase my supply.
-Pump twice a day. I currently only pump at night before bed. I am going to start pumping in the morning as well.
-Drink more water. I drank a TON of water the first month, but got bored with it and slowly began drinking less. I am going to get out my big cup and get started again.
-Eat oatmeal. I read that eating oatmeal (not the kind in the packets) will help increase my supply. I happen to love steel cut oats and I am looking forward to breakfast tomorrow. The only problem is they take forever to make so once I go back to work I’ll have to find another option.
Those are the three things I shall start doing this week. If these changes don’t work I am going to consult a professional. I know there are a ton of other suggestions, but I know me and me ain’t doing all that other extra.
How did you maintain your milk supply? Did you ever notice a decrease and then were able to increase it?
*a certain someone’s daughters refers to them as “boom boom pows”. How funny is that!?