Results 1 to 15 of 15
  1. #1
    Expert Forum User The Ultimate London Mom!

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    14,659
    Rep Power
    1133

    Default Feeling a little empty

    OK....this might be an odd question....my DD is 6 weeks old...I have been pretty much exclusively breastfeeding her (with the exception of a couple of bottles of formula on 2 nights when I was totally exhausted and frustrated and went to bed). I have just started exercizing again....running to be precise. So, today and yesterday, after my run, I felt as if my breast were pretty empty. Then, about 1/2 hour or so later, when DD wanted to feed, she was only able to suck for a couple minutes, then got really frustrated and started pulling away etc......It has now been 8 hours since the run, and I still feel as if my milk production is really down. DD has been getting frustrated, not feeding long, I feel rather empty........I ended up giving her 3 oz of formula, after offering the breast, as she was still crying and obviously hungry. I have made sure to drink lots of liquids, but still feel empty. Has anyone else experienced this problem? I am concerned that running and nursing don't mix? Help!

  2. #2
    Junior Member Jordan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Posts
    242
    Rep Power
    31

    Default

    Are you getting enough to drink and enough rest? I recently went through the same thing (except I'm allergic to excerise, so without that part) and it turned out that I was very exhausted and dehydrated. Once I focused on drinking a lot of water and resting, production was back to normal without about a day.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    sheena's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    London
    Posts
    1,342
    Rep Power
    84

    Default

    I did read that sometimes if you breastfeed after excercising it can change the way it tastes, but I never heard of it affecting your supply, you could try pumping to get your supply up, because its all about supply and demand, the more you feed, the more milk you have.
    Evelyn May - 9 years
    Rose Adelle - 7 1/2 years
    William James - 5 years
    Thomas Edward - 16 months

  4. #4
    Expert Forum User
    Mrs.Crunchy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Kipps area
    Posts
    5,838
    Rep Power
    262

    Default

    I had the same problem with my first born. I started working out again and my supply dropped. Changing your habits whether it be exercise, or if you are going through a lot of stress, can make your supply drop.
    I would drink lots. Pump if you can too, even if you arent getting anything, the more stimulation your breasts get, the quicker the milk will come back.

    Candace~ Christ-clinging, babywearing, tiedying, barefoot, nature loving, crunchy mamma of three~

  5. #5
    Moderator The Ultimate London Mom!
    ChinUp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    LesBotLand
    Posts
    14,709
    Rep Power
    1418

    Default

    6 weeks old? Bah, run later. Are you one of the crazies that likes running? Or is this a weight thing? If it's a weight thing, I wouldn't worry about it. Enjoy sitting before your kid learns to crawl and walk. You'll never sit down again once they start moving.
    Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.

    ~ Breastfed for 7 months, 2 weeks and 3 days ~

  6. #6
    Expert Forum User
    Mum09and11's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    London
    Posts
    8,356
    Rep Power
    415

    Default

    make sure you are eating a lot too because you need the extra calories to MAKE the milk. I would also hold off on running, I havent worked out in 6 months


  7. #7
    Expert Forum User The Ultimate London Mom!

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    14,659
    Rep Power
    1133

    Default

    Thanks ladies.

    I really need to work out, and yes, I am a crazy that enjoys running. Between my 2 pregnancies (DD 2.5 years and DD 6 weeks) I gained quite a lot of weight. I am currently about 30 lbs heavier that I was when I first became pregnant. Weight has been a life long struggle and the only thing that seems to keep it off me is running.

    Right now I literally have nothing, except track suits, that will fit on me. I hate to buy new clothes and waste money, but I feel quite depressed about my appearance.

    I am definately not getting enough sleep.....as per my many recent posts about my gassy baby who never sleeps....but am drinking a ton of water and liquids. I am considering trying the Fenugreek/Blessed Thistle combo, but am concerned that Blessed Thistle is an appetite ENHANCER! Thats the last thing I need

  8. #8
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    WhiteOaks
    Posts
    563
    Rep Power
    41

    Default

    oooh i had a post but i just had to erase and start over when i realized your dd is 6 weeks...this could also have something to do with her 6 week growth spurt..i've felt “empty“ since dd started hers a week and a half ago [and off topic, but dd is super gassy too and i tried the probiotics many lm's suggested and theyre making a difference - she still cries sometimes when shes gassy but not all of the time, and this morning she pooped without crying at all!!!]
    Buy my stuff!!! Usually Baby & Young Boy Stuff!!
    Lots of Baby Girl Clothing right now!!
    http://london.kijiji.ca/c-PostersOth...serIdZ56392368



  9. #9
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Strathroy
    Posts
    163
    Rep Power
    25

    Default

    I too have had this happen. I needed to be really creative with when I would exercise (immediately after a feeding).
    I also have a prescription for Domperidone. I do not need it regularly but I do use it when I am feeling a little empty.
    Drink lots of water! I also agree with the above post that 6 weeks is growth spurt time. It is also a really hard time for you. Take care!

  10. #10
    New Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    London north
    Posts
    42
    Rep Power
    19

    Default

    This happened to me and sadly did not get any better after going on Fenugreek. I took it for about 2 weeks, drank more water, pumped and laid on the couch because that's what I thought I was supposed to do. Nothing helped and my milk supply just kept feeling like it was less and less. I realize the stress level I had was a bit high because I worry about my new little girl. I started feeling a bit empty or soft around 2 months. Now she's 4 months old and I've finally come to terms with the fact that there's just not enough producing for her. To be honest, it was so sad for me and I'm still not ok with it but I had almost 3 good solid months of breast milk and the more and more I stressed the worse it got. Now I'm happier because I'm less stressed but I'm fully on formula. Hope this helps.

  11. #11
    Expert Forum User
    daisy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Posts
    2,707
    Rep Power
    157

    Default

    Make sure you are getting lots of water. Hugs, I know how it feels to have nothing that fits.
    Daisy - Mum to M (July 2005) and T (July 2009)

  12. #12
    Expert Forum User The Ultimate London Mom!
    princess2808's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Wrapping in the Ghetto
    Posts
    22,299
    Rep Power
    1037

    Default

    Feeling 'full' isnt a good guage of how much milk you have. I have been breastfeeding one or both children for almost 4 years and I rarely feel full.
    Mommy to DS Jan '06, DD July '09, DS Feb '11, DD Dec '12
    Wife to my wonderful DH of 8 years
    http://handsbetterfull.blogspot.com/

  13. #13
    Expert Forum User The Ultimate London Mom!

    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Posts
    14,659
    Rep Power
    1133

    Default

    Things have not really gotten better. I know she is not getting enough because she is getting frustrated, pulls at me and only stays at a breast about minutes (she is 8 weeks). Then she is not satisfied and crying. It is not just when I excercise any more......I am trying fenugreek and blessed thistle.....she only gained 3 oz last week

  14. #14
    Expert Forum User

    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    London.
    Posts
    7,898
    Rep Power
    506

    Default

    if you are exercising ( running is OK) drink lots of water. if your dd is getting frustrated switch sides as often as she gets frustrated. I was told to do that and I find it helps, its like a change of scenery for them and they give it another try. I feel empty since about 4 months but she is still breastfeeding plenty.

  15. #15
    Expert Forum User The Ultimate London Mom!
    princess2808's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Wrapping in the Ghetto
    Posts
    22,299
    Rep Power
    1037

    Default

    Sometimes babies get frustrated in between let downs. Could that be what is happening?
    Mommy to DS Jan '06, DD July '09, DS Feb '11, DD Dec '12
    Wife to my wonderful DH of 8 years
    http://handsbetterfull.blogspot.com/

Similar Threads

  1. take on an empty stomach...
    By Ivveyy in forum General Health and Fitness
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 06-21-2009, 09:34 PM
  2. I'm empty!
    By MrsSunshine in forum School Age
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 06-03-2009, 03:48 PM
  3. 32 weeks pregnant - feeling 'empty'
    By punchanella in forum Expecting and Post Partum
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-14-2008, 09:44 AM
  4. Replies: 20
    Last Post: 02-11-2008, 03:26 PM

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •