Many mothers notice a dip in their milk supply when their period begins. Menstruation or ovulation can result in a temporary drop in milk supply. You might also notice a low milk supply before your period returns, as your body begins the return to fertility. Hormonal changes also cause milk supply to decrease during pregnancy.
Here are few tips to maintain your supply:
• Let baby nurse as often as they want. Don’t wait for demand, offer the breast.
• Take a combination magnesium and calcium supplement (500-1000mg a day) from the beginning of ovulation until the 2nd or 3rd day of your period to minimize any drop in milk supply
• Increase your iron during your period with iron-rich foods (like meat, green leafy vegetables, and beans).
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