by rebecca2 (639 Posts), Fri Aug 27, 2010 02:32 pm
Does anyone know much about prolactin levels while breastfeeding? I think my milk supply might be dwindling. My son isn't crying, but my breast don't feel full like they used to even in the mornings when it has been 6 hours between feedings. I pump once a day and I've notice a decrease of 2-4 oz during this session. I'm still getting 12+ oz though and my son only takes 3-4 ounces when my husband gives him a bottle. (He gets one bottle/day and I pump during this time.)
I've been having lots of intense headaches, so I went to my PCP yesterday. He thinks it is tension headaches, but did blood work to rule out pituitary issues. My T4 and TSH were normal, but prolactin levels were on the low side at 29. I'm exclusively BF my son. He just turned 3 months old, so I haven't introduced solids yet. Does this low prolactin level mean my milk supply is drying up? I have an apt with my OB in a month, but I'm trying to decide if I should see him sooner. Does the prolactin level mean anything once BF is established, or is it more of a concern immediately after birth?
I guess, I'm comfortable with my milk supply right now, but I'm concerned this might be a sign of future problems. I'm worried that since my body gives out so easily during pregnancy it might do the same with BF. You know--everything is fine right up until the train wreck.