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Old Sep 23rd, 2017, 21:21 PM   1
nnaime
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PCOS inhibiting milk supply?


Hello all, I am currently 22w pregnant after 2 years TTC with PCOS hoping to breastfeed LO.
I was reading some posts around the web about breast-feeding and I read that PCOS can inhibit the milk supply and render a mother unable to BF since the hormones somehow keep the glands from maturing or something.

Is this something you know to be true or have experienced? I really am hoping to BF and would be really down if I was unable to.



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2017, 02:01 AM   2
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I think there is research to show that having PCOS can contribute to having an under supply of milk but it can also mean you have an over supply? Or just a normal supply. I wouldn't worry too much at this stage.

I have/had PCOS and 2 c-sections and both times my milk came in 36 hours after birth, and I have plenty of it with no problems feeding but also not an over supply. I fed my daughter until 6 months (stopped out of choice, not issues with feeding) and feeding is going really well this time with my newborn too.



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2017, 08:47 AM   3
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I have pcos and I have always had a very good supply! Xx



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2017, 18:56 PM   4
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I don't have pcos but in all my breastfeeding research I haven't heard of this being a reason someone couldn't breastfeed.



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2017, 19:25 PM   5
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It was the case for me. I've had pcos since puberty and it did cause an under development of my mammary glands. I was unable to produce half an ounce at a time with trying to exclusively breastfeed.

However, I think it's often in severe cases like mine where it impacted me I'm puberty.



 
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Old Sep 24th, 2017, 22:19 PM   6
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It can but it doesn't mean it will. I had mild undersupply with #1 but with some fenugreek we overcame that bump in the road and fed him until he self weaned at 2yrs. My second I had no issues and BF until he self weaned at 16mths. Be optimistic



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2017, 01:30 AM   7
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Thanks for your responses! I think in the latter weeks of my pregnancy I will start some improving lactation regimen like lactation cookies or fenugreek etc just in case, but you ladies really are giving me some relief!
I have noticed major breast changes this pg so hopefully that is a good sign that things are/will progress well.!!



 
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Old Sep 25th, 2017, 02:08 AM   8
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Actually, breast changes is a great sign!



 
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