November 2016 Moms

PCOS and breast feeding

sarac986sarac986 member
edited November 2016 in November 2016 Moms
Any ladies with pcos have trouble breast feeding? Worried my mest up hormones might make it difficult once I don't have a placenta to make hormones for me 

Re: PCOS and breast feeding

  • I have pcos and have successfully breast fed 2 babies for 15 months each. I have heard that with pcos one typically either over produces or doesn't produce enough. And I certainly over produced until my body figured out a good balance. Good luck! And don't be afraid to seek help from a lactation consultant, they can help so some!
  • erniebernie1erniebernie1 member
    edited November 2016
    I also have pcos and breastfeed my first for 10 months. I did work full time starting around 6 months, and I'm pretty sure that's what lowered my supply rather than the pcos. My milk did come in really late, at day 5 though
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  • *Lurker from Feb 17* I have pcos and I breastfed my DS for over a year. I think my milk came in day 4. I agree with seeing a lactation consultant. I had an awesome one who helped with all my questions and helped me feel confident. I'll see one again this time around.
  • jenesisojenesiso member
    edited November 2016
    I have pcos and gave up after two weeks :( I could barely get an ounce from both breasts combined aftrt missing one day of pumping due to moving houses. Besides my LO didn't latch on anyway. She loves the bottle.
  • I too have PCOS and got advised at day 10 to throw in the towel as both me and my little girl weren't doing well.
    I hardly produced anything, pumped a full day and didn't manage to fill one bottle!
    I did suffer extreme blood loss during labour, which too can cause trouble producing milk.


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  • I'm a FTM and baby girl is 5 days old, so the story is still being written, but we haven't had any real issues outside of the ordinary learning curve. My colostrum was a little slow to come in at the hospital, so the lactation consultant suggested I pump after a feeding once I got home to stimulate production. I pumped once a day for two days (days 3 and 4 post partum) for 10 minutes each time and my milk appears to be coming in now, so I guess it worked! Hope e everyone else has good luck, as well, it can certainly be challenging!
    Me: 31; DH: 31
    NTNP: May 2015
    TTC #1: late August 2015
    PCOS Dx: January 2016, starting Femara Feb 2016
    BFP: 2/29/16 - Happy Leap Day!

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  • I have PCOS and despite getting mastitis, I'm having no issues. My only issue is over-supply.
    DS#1: born Dec 29, 2013 
    TTC#2 since Sept 2014 - unexplained secondary IF
    BFP #2: 11.7.14  M/C: 11.27.14 @ 6w3days
    BFP #3: 04.19.2015 M/C 04.27.15 @ 4w3days
    BFP #4: 10.05.2015 C/P @ 3w4days
    Oct 11, 2015: Cycle 13. Starting Femara (2.5mg). HSG this cycle (all clear) - BFN
    Nov 12, 2015: Cyle 14. Femara 5mg + IUI - BFN
    Dec 10, 2015: Cycle 15. Femara 5mg + IUI #2 - BFP #5! C/P 4w4d
    Jan 10, 2016: Cycle 16. Femara 5mg + IUI #3 - BFN.
    Feb 10, 2016: Cycle 17.  No IUI or meds. Taking a break - Natural BFP Mar 5, 2016!!!! EDD Nov 16, 2016
    Moving to IVF March 2016
    Beta at 10dpo: 21, Beta at 12dpo: 98, Beta at 14dpo: 264, Beta at 16dpo: 745
    U/S 6w6d: single beautiful heartbeat of 121bpm - It's a boy!!!!
    Nov 3, 2016: Our family became complete. Welcome DS #2.
  • I have PCOS, and I solely pumped with baby #1 and used formula. I didn't make a TON, but about 30-40% of what she ate was breastmilk. I considered that to be successful! I didn't have issues, but I wasn't one of those moms who was making a TON. I pumped for about 7 months. 

    Also--my PCOS was soo much better after baby!
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