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3/18/14 6:44 P

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So I got a bit sick again (can someone in my house please not be sick for like two seconds?! No? Ok) and I took Mucinex and the same thing happened. It's not the DM kind, so I thought that it would be fine. But it did really hep me to feel better, and I had plenty of milk, so I just bit the bullet for a few days. Thought I'd circle back on this and my experience though! You just never know what will affect some people I guess!

Thanks all!

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3/1/14 8:45 P

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Although I'm a bit late to this discussion, I was reading this thread and thought I'd add a note about Morher's Milk tea, which was mentioned earlier.
I'm not a big fan of hot tea, but I drink gallons of iced tea, so what I do is add a few MM tea bags to a big pitcher of iced tea and then sip all day. A combined tea of black tea, orange pekoe (like constant comment brand) will usually mask the bitterness of the Mothers Milk tea, as will a little stevia. I'm nursing 6 mo old baby #2 and pumping at work with no supply issues at 1300-1500 calories/day, and exercise. The tea really does help supply, I give a box as a gift to all my friends who have babies!

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2/10/14 10:55 A

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I was thinking the same thing with the Mucinex! If you're taking something to DRY UP your sinuses and rid your body of the illness, then surely I'd think it'd also help to dry up milk supply also. I'd be cautious with this one. I know not everyone can all the time, but I try my VERY best not to take anything even while sick. I'm working on getting over a cold/flu where I had a 102+ degree temp and HORRIBLE sinus stuff, but I absolutely refused to take anything for fear of it messing with my supply...and my biggest fear is my son getting the meds through my milk.

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1/25/14 12:36 P

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Ladies: PLEASE make sure that you are adding probitics for your diet while on antibiotics and for a while afterwards! I'm nursing my second and with both kids I have really noticed a significant difference in supply when sick and/or taking antibiotics without the probiotics. Also I've spoken to some really experienced moms about nursing and sickness, and they said they same.

Also, you just want to rebuild your gut after those treatments. :)

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1/21/14 3:05 P

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I just got done taking meds for a bout of illness as well and it was definately the nasal inhalant and antibiotics. I still have some of the "crud", but my supply has finally come back. I have resorted to drinking warm lemon water and homeopathic remedies to keep the illness under control. it works wonderfully!
Once you get off the meds your suplly will increase. My baby was so hungry during that time and I had to deplete my freezer stock entirely. I power pumped once but wasn't able to feed my LO quickly enough once she got hungry - I then resorted to just leaving her on the Noonie to pacify her and comfort her. She statyed on from 6pm until 8pm becuase it's all I could find to help her. Next day - stock was back to full capacity! Baby and Noony still have the best relationship for increasing supply! I'm ever amazed and fascinated with what our bodies and babies are capable of!


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1/17/14 8:00 P

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Hi! I am a former LC
If the Mucinex you are taking contains pseudoephedrine (I believe Mucinex D does, so you may want to double check the type) it absolutely can affect your supply! Not to mention just being sick can as well.

Also try googling "power pumping" if you typically pump and want to build a supply back up.
It is basically a 5min pump/ 2 min break/ 5 min pump/2min break/ 5 min pump and you can often get more milk in the same period of time than a full on 20 minute pumping session.

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1/8/14 1:02 P

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I was about to read your initial post, but stopped at your most recent post. I am glad you found the answer(s) you needed.

On the sleeping through the night thing, it should not have a huge affect on your supply. Supply is based on demand as a whole and your body adapts to the feeding schedule of your baby. Like us a baby has a calorie requirement if they get it during the day, they won't need to feed to get it during the night. Your breast should make the amount to cover that requirement as long as your baby is feeding or you are pumping to meet said requirement. Your breats should adapt to the lack of night feeding, so you should produce less at night and more during the day.

With my 4 month old, he has been sleeping through the night for around 2 months now. My breast produce through the night and sometimes get kind of full, but not engorged. My pads have been dry in the am the last few weeks, which tells me they have adjusted to his schedule. He feeds longer when he wakes up then he does during his other feedings, which makes up for his sleeping through the night.

Best of luck with everything! *pat on back* For doing your best to provide your child breats milk!

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1/8/14 10:53 A

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Thanks for the responses ladies! That is good to know that the medicine shouldn't be doing it, but just being sick might. It was just so depressing to finally see a drop in the scale and simultaneously see a drop in milk production. Also good to hear that 1,500 was the magic number, that would make sense for me as I've been playing right around that calorie goal. I'll try to focus on always getting that amount. It is such a tricky thing to keep supply up. My son is 9 months and we are now working on getting him to sleep through the night without a feeding, but I hope that doesn't negatively affect supply either?

I feel like we've come so far now that not making it to a year would be heartbreaking! I don't have a huge freezer stash either, so I always get nervous. But what good is a bunch of frozen milk if you never use it, right?

I love Mother's Milk tea! Thanks for the reminder to keep drinking it. We'll see how it goes over the next week and I'll try to make adjustments based on that. Thanks again!

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1/7/14 2:09 P

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I actually just talked to a lactation consultation about a supply drop for myself. I have had bronchitis for the past two weeks and have had a major drop in my supply. We have had to feed LO out of the freezer a couple times a day and have almost completely used up the freezer stash. Mucinex and the z-pak should not affect your supply, but being sick can. Try eating some oatmeal, drinking Mother's Milk tea (look for it at a natural foods store or in the natural foods section of a big grocery store) or make some lactation cookies:

http://www.food.com/recipe/oatmeal-choco
late-chip-lactation-cookies-by-noel-tr
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If your supply doesn't pick back up after you are feeling better, then I'd look at your food/exercise. Hope you feel better soon!

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1/7/14 1:43 P

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With my son, if my calorie count went below 1550, my supply would drop. I had to average about 1700 to keep a good supply. Illness can also affect supply. I don't really have any experience pumping. Sorry I can't be much help.

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1/7/14 1:05 P

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I'm interested if anyone has had experience with a sudden drop in supply while trying to loose weight? This is pretty much what I've been afraid of in seriously trying to loose weight, but I'm still 20+ my pre baby weight, so I felt like I should be able to loose and it would be fine. I'm not going crazy dieting or exercising - still eating plenty more than I did when I use to try and loose weight, but all of a sudden I'm having a hard time pumping what I use to at work. Will my body get use to my lower weight and start producing the necessary amount? I'm seriously eating a healthy well rounded diet so I really don't want to be forced into eating more, but I just realized that maybe this is the culprit?

I'm also on an antibiotic (z-pack) and taking mucinex due to a bad cold I'm finally getting over. But those aren't suppose to have any affect on my supply, from what I've heard. And I'm drinking a ton of water to compensate. But maybe this is the culprit instead? Curious about anyone's experiences! Thanks so much!

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