Effect Of Menstruation On Quantity Of Breast Milk?

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Hello good doctor. I am a mother who is breastfeeding her first child and trying to be exclusive breastfeeding. My baby is almost 6 months old, but in the past month I have felt that my breast milk has decreased when I am having PMS and menstruation (about 7 days) I know this because I regularly pump breastmilk when my baby sleeps and I check my baby’s BAK is very cloudy . What I want to know is whether menstruation is related to the quantity of my breast milk? How can I solve it? Thank you doctor.

1 Answer:

Hi Ozy,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

It is true, there is a link between menstruation and milk production. When approaching the time of ovulation, which is before menstruation occurs, a woman's body will increase the production of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. This increase in the hormone estrogen can suppress the production of hormones that regulate milk production. In addition, there are also studies that say that an increase in the hormone progesterone can cause the sodium and protein content in breast milk to increase, while the lactose and potassium levels decrease, thus making the milk taste slightly changed. Both of these conditions can cause a decrease in the quantity of breastmilk as well as a change in taste, thus making the baby a little lazy to breastfeed.


However, under normal conditions, our bodies also have a good mechanism to compensate for this. Therefore, after you experience your period and after that, your milk production will stabilize again.


You also need to know that measuring the adequacy of breast milk is not appropriate if it is only done by monitoring milk production when expressed. Because, the production of breast milk when expressed is clearly different from the production of breast milk when breastfed directly to the baby. According to many sources, when breastfeeding directly, many emotional components play a role, so that the production of hormones that regulate milk production tends to be more stable. Therefore, it will be more objective if you measure the adequacy of your baby's milk consumption by periodically monitoring their growth. Babies who get enough breast milk can certainly grow well according to the standards. So, there's no need to worry too much huh ..


Apart from menstruation, several other conditions that can also affect breastmilk production are regular emptying of the breasts, intake of food and beverages, psychological conditions, activities undertaken, drugs consumed (for example birth control pills), and so on. For this reason, you need to maintain breast milk production in a comprehensive way, starting from breastfeeding and expressing breast milk regularly, drinking lots of drinking, eating healthy and nutritious foods, avoiding excessive stress, taking regular breaks, and also living a healthy lifestyle and balanced.


If later you have problems related to breastfeeding, do not hesitate to go to a lactation consultant doctor directly.


I hope this helps.

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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