I had not heard of this before.... so naturally I decided to go on a research binge! What I found was pretty interesting! For one.... I did not know that Thyroid Deficiency can happen during pregnancy and I also did not know it could affect breastmilk supply.
So here is what I found....Thyroid Disease is fairly common in women of child bearing age and comes with a lengthy list of symptoms.
mental fogginess and forgetfulness
feeling excessively cold
non specific aches and stiffness in muscles and joints
excessive or prolonged menstrual bleeding
(Which if you think about most of these can be connected to normal postpartum fatigue, postpartum depression or EVEN breastfeeding. So it is important to get checked out.)
Now the issue of breastfeeding and low breastmilk supply....Luckily.... the medication used to treat this disease do not conflict with breastfeeding! (Meaning all this medicine does is raise the Mummie's Thyroid levels to normal, therefore making her feel better and helping the breastmilk supply increase. The Le Leche League has some GREAT articles about this..... and who better to trust than them! I also found a Mummie who has experienced Hypothyroidism and she gave some great tips, that helped her.
It seems as though that if you no longer suffer from pregnancy related Thyroid Disease, and are still suffering from low milk supply, your levels in the Thyroid may not be as "normal" as they should be.
I hope this helps some Mummies..... Good luck and as always.... HUGS TO YOU!