Milk Mist: Supply, Cycle & Fustration

Milk-MistIf you’re not cool with reading about menstruation, skip this post. Seriously, just turn away.

Now.

I did warn you.

Soooooo, TMI time. I think my period is coming back. Almost seven months postpartum. But I’m on the mini pill, which is taken continuously for four weeks. Which means there’s no “off” week. So I SUSPECT that my cycle is returning, but other than some light spotting and moodiness I’m not entirely sure.

What does really tip me off is that my milk supply has plummeted. I mean just down to nothing. Sometimes I pump, and it’s like the early days when I would only get a milk “mist” inside the collection bottle. I pumped three times on Sunday and only managed a little over one ounce of milk. I’m pumping right now and the right boob is making mist while the left boob is making nothing at all.

Couple all of this with Gibson apparently being less interested in nursing in general, and I’m just completely frustrated, Heartbroken is another good term for it. Woebegone. Miserable.

All of my planning for this baby. And then committing to breastfeed for an entire year. Then dealing with low supply that has never corrected itself and having to supplement. And now this. This bullshit. Seven months and my body pretends that it never lactated or ever knew how to lactate.

It’s not fair. I feel like my body has fought me every step of the way. First by not letting me get pregnant. Than by keeping my hormones low in the first trimester so I had to do suppositories for months. And of course, being pregnant was just a picnic too. The final weeks full of panic because of hypertension. Thankfully, I was at least able to deliver Gibs vaginally. Then the pain of learning to nurse my baby. And now THIS SHIT!

Why body, why?  Why can’t we be on the same team? Do you want more carrots? More exercise? More water? More herbs? WHAT THE FUCK DO YOU WANT THAT WILL MAKE YOU DO WHAT YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO DO NATURALLY!?

Can you bargain with you body? I suppose not.

I’ve had a friend offer to give me her surplus milk. I should take her up on it. But it bugs me so much that I need her milk at all. 😦 It should be me! I should be able to do this, dammit. I should be able to give my baby everything he needs.

But I can’t. And I have to learn to accept that.

I’m going to call the lactation consultants at the hospital where we delivered Gibs. I’ll try to find my local chapter of La Leche League again (I didn’t get a reply to my email last time I went looking for them.) I’m going to try some fancy new herbs. Going to talk to the pediatrician on Friday. Might even call the OBGYN. But ultimately, I might be running out of options. I might not have a choice to but give Gibs formula exclusively.

Some is better than none. But what happens when none is the only option? I guess you cry. At least that’s what I’m doing. 😦

 

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8 thoughts on “Milk Mist: Supply, Cycle & Fustration

  1. Oh. It’s sad being committed to breast feeding and having it not work out. I hate it when people claim it’s easy and the most natural thing in the world! But, can I just caution you about unregulated milk sharing? Not a good idea. I’m sure your friend means well, but unless she pasteurized her milk before she froze it and handled it like a blood product, it could be contaminated. Even unbeknownst to her. It simply isn’t safe. And it’s not worth risking your baby’s health and safety. Good luck, mama. I’ve been there. They say any breast milk is good, so take some comfort in that.

    • Yeah, my husband and I talked about it and we’re not going to take it. I’m tempted, but there’s a lot of maybe in it so we’re not going to. Thanks for the support. I’ve pumped 4 times this morning and have managed about an ounce. And I have an appt with a lactation consultant at 11 today so I’m hoping to get more insight from that.

  2. Hi. I’m writing to show support. I have ups and downs in my supply. I pump every two hours… Not fun. I just started taking More Milk Plus by Motherlove. I pumped 2 oz more yesterday. It might not be related but I hope it is. My lactation consultant is Ann Faust (Columbia, MD). I like her!

    • Thanks for the support!!! I’m definitely ready to try supplements. I’ll check into More Milk Plus. And I’m talking to one of the lactation consultants from the hospital today. But if things continue on, I’ll get in touch with Ann Faust. I definitely need all the help I can get. I don’t want to be out of the game early!

  3. This same thing happened to me when my cycles came back. I think mine returned around 11-12 weeks post partum so I didn’t get much of a break! Anyways, my milk would plumment for a few days pre-period and then after I started, it would come back. It was always a tough few days and it freaked me out. I really don’t know what can be done to overcome it. I hope you got good advice at your appointment. It is so dissapointing to work so hard for something and then have it end up crashing due to something as stupid as a period. Stupid hormones!!

    • Exactly! So far my supply is still down. But my son was teething tonight and much more interested in nursing than he has been in days. So maybe that will help. Thanks for the support!

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