One of our most popular posts in the last few months has been our Pump Pump It Up Post. We’ve been thrilled with the amount of comments, emails and stories that are being shared with us! One question that seems to get asked over and over is #1- “Why is my supply decreasing?” and #2- “What can I do to boost my supply?”. Today we’ll chat about what might cause your supply to decrease and post some tips for increasing your supply later in the week.
– Not completely emptying. Story of the smart boobs again…If they aren’t getting empty after each feeding/pumping session, they will think you don’t need as much.
– Exclusively pumping. Sometimes even the best pumps don’t have as much power as a nursing baby. Us pumpers have to work extra hard for milk!
– Illness. It makes sense that if you are sick, your body is going to work towards fighting the illness and not necessarily keeping up your supply. And along with illness generally comes…
– Medications. Some medications including lots of antibiotics and birth control can decrease a healthy milk supply.
– Poor diet. There are actually some foods you should avoid while nursing, not to mention dieting in general can decrease your supply. Dehydration and caffeine can cause a decrease as well.
– Unhealthy choices. Smoking and regular alcohol use can also cause a decrease in supply.
– Exhaustion/Stress. I find this one funny…how could you not be exhausted with a new baby and not stressed when your supply is decreasing?!
– Tough luck. I don’t think you’ll see this on many other lists…but after talking to so many women that just didn’t produce, I’m convinced that some of us are luckier than others.
– Another pregnancy. Hopefully this was planned. ;o)