BREAST MILK DRYING UP. HELP!!!?

Hi, my breastmilk is drying up.

I had been expressing my breastmilks but for about 3 days I didn’t have time to express for various reasons, and when I got round to it I had just drops. If I use the machine nothing comes out but when I use my hand, I have drops.

I think having not regularly expressed over the past three days has caused it to stop. I am completely distraut and don’t know what to do.

My baby will not feed off me because it gets frustrating because it is not flowing.

I was advised by midwife to continue massaging breasts and trying to express by hand and hopefully if baby feeds the flow will resume. But for the past week, there are still just a few drops (maybe even about 4 drops).

I have been taking fluids.

Baby will not feed because hungry so has to have formula bottle.

Does this mean that my milk is gone for good? If not, how can I get it flowing again?

Baby 4 months old.

Thanks,
Kem
Hi all, I’ve tried all these things but it seems to be drying up completely. Is it too late 🙁

I am not able to send emails but mine is kemmanuel07@yahoo.co.uk. I look forward to receiving them.

Thank you all.

8 comments

  • Crystal

    You do need to make sure you maintain a healthy diet and drink lots of water. Continue taking your prenatals or find a daily vitamin supplement you can take. I take Juice Plus. It has all of your days servings of fruits and veggies in it, so I can keep up my energy while continuing to breast feed. Fenugreek also helps. Try meditating or any type of relaxation methods you may know before and during feeding. You can place a warm rag on the top of your breast before and during feedings also. Booby massages and Mommy Milk Tea can also help you out.
    One more thing – Look up a local lactation consultant, your pediatrician may know one in your area or you can find one in your area through the Le Leche League website (I don’t think I spelled that right?)
    There are plenty of things you can do – Don’t give up, you will get it.
    Email me and I can send you some Technique videos that my midwife gave me when I was starting out.

  • sweetienat123

    Are you pumping for at least 10 minutes each time? Try pumping every 2-3 hours for about 10 minutes. This has worked for me when my supply was dwindling due to skipping too many pumping sessions. Sometimes it would seem like I’d only get a few drops, but after a few minutes passed, I would get a letdown and more milk would come.

  • Contact a lactation consultant for advice. She can help you reestablish your breastfeeding relationship safely. But, the best thing you can do right now is have that baby nurse as often as possible.

  • Lisa R

    feed you baby formula meanwhile and whenever you have time and hes not hungry offer your breast as a paci…the direct stimulation will eventually help your supply

  • Jaiden Eats At Mommy's

    Do you not directly nurse, but exclusively pump instead?

    Maintaining supply why baby does not nurse is very difficult. it takes a lot of hard work, and not pumping often and long enough will really hurt your supply. You need to pump as often as baby feeds, this could be up to 10 times per day. You will even need to wake and pump at least once during the night.

    Can you get you baby back to the breast? Latching will take some effort on both of your parts but it is very doable. The milk may not flow at first but if you continue to help baby latch and suck you will help your supply a lot. Tickling his/her cheek once latched to stimulate sucking. You really need to get rid of that bottle(formula) and offer the breast as often as possible.. every chance you get.

    Establishing and maintaining supply when baby is not nursing:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/maintainsupply-pump.html
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/pumping/index.html

    "Pump to increase supply

    * Pumping will help you to increase supply faster, plus you will be able to use your milk instead of formula for any needed supplements. Your aim in pumping is to remove more milk from the breasts and/or to empty the breasts more often. The more milk you remove, the more milk you will produce.
    * A hospital-grade double pump will save time and maximize your pumping efforts.
    * Until supply is well established, it is important to get at least eight good nursing and/or pumping sessions per 24 hours. Ten sessions per day is better.
    * If baby does not breastfeed at a feeding, pump for 20-30 minutes, or for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. If baby breastfeeds, but does not soften the breast well, pump for 10-15 minutes after nursing. If baby softens the breast well, then adding pumping sessions between breastfeeding sessions is most helpful.
    * Empty the breast as thoroughly as possible at each session. To ensure that the pump removes an optimum amount of milk from the breast, keep pumping for 2-5 minutes after the last drops of milk. Use breast massage prior to pumping, and massage and compressions during pumping to better empty the breasts and increase pumping output."

    Transition from formula to breast:
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/decrease-formula.html

  • Heidi C

    You are not a lost cause! If you want to continue to breastfeed, increase your fluids considerably. Try to avoid caffeine. Best to stick with water, decaffeinated tea, and possibly a small amount of juice. Juice has a lot of sugar–and you don’t want that complication.

    Nurse him very frequently–more than usual. He will be frustrated at first, but keep working with him. After awhile he will remember how much he loves it. You can supplement with formula, but it will fill him and he will nurse less vigorously, so use great caution if you want to keep up your milk supply.

    Try to avoid pumping–it isn’t the same suction/release rhythm, so it will not be as efficient. If you aren’t working or needing to be away from him, offer the breast as often as you can for a day or two, while drinking a tall glass of water each time you nurse him. Would you consider feeding him more at night, too?

    You can do it! Don’t beat yourself up about this. You two will get back on a team partnership, after a day or two of frustration.

  • Lisa D

    Hummm 3 days! sometimes some women can dry up that quick and Other’s can take 2 weeks!

    the best thing to do is the pump pump pump and Guess wat pump!
    Try and aim to do it every 2-3 hours on a schedule if possible try not to miss any and aim for at least 10 Min’s to pump you may not be getting anything but the stimulation on your nipples will send a signal to your brain
    Make sure you are drinking PLENTY of water and eating the right foods and NO dieting that can affect milk supply
    you could also go out and buy some fenugreek from any health food shop seems to work for me

    Oh and one more thing try not to get to stressed and get enough sleep too

    best of luck

  • Lynne - Not A Supermum!

    In addition to the other suggestions, you could try fenugreek? It’s a herbal supplement that you can get from a health food store which can increase your supply. Also, something called Mother’s Helper Tea does the same thing. Do a google search for ‘lactation cookies’ and you get a great recipe for cookies that can help your supply, and eating oats can help too.
    If you still hit a wall, don’t feel guilty. You’v done the best bit so far and should be commended for breastfeeding as long as you have done.

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