Low Milk Production
What causes low milk production?
Occasionally, a delay in the time when milk “comes in” turns into an ongoing problem with low milk production. Sometimes, a mother has been producing sufficient amounts of milk, and then milk production slowly, or quite suddenly, decreases. Before worrying too much about your milk production, know that there are a few normal things that happen when breastfeeding. First, about a few weeks to a month after birth, a nursing mother’s breasts will feel softer and seem smaller than before. This is normal and does not mean the milk supply is too low for baby’s needs. Also, every so often a baby will increase how often he or she nurses in order to increase the mother’s milk supply. This is called “cluster feeding.” It is also normal and does not indicate a problem with a mother’s supply. True milk supply problems may usually cause a baby to show signs of hunger, fussiness, or poor weight gain.
Some of the conditions associated with a delay in milk “coming in’ may also have an ongoing effect on milk production, including:
Severe postpartum hemorrhage (excessive bleeding)
Retained placental fragments
Thyroid conditions, diabetes, or obesity
Previous breast surgery that cut some of the nerves, milk-making tissue, or milk ducts
Other factors can also lead to insufficient milk production. Maternal smoking and alcohol consumption has been shown to result in less milk. Some medicines and herbal preparations can also decrease milk production. Hormonal forms of birth control, especially any containing estrogen, have been found to have a big impact on milk production. However, some mothers report a drop in milk production even after receiving or taking a progestin-only contraceptive during the first 4 to 8 weeks after delivery (postpartum). Milk production may also decrease if you nurse or pump less often than you did before, get sick, are stressed, or become pregnant again.
If insufficient milk production seems to be a problem, yet the baby seems to be sucking effectively, your healthcare provider or certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) may recommend the following:
Increase the number of breastfeedings or breast pumpings to 10 to 12 times in 24 hours.
Increase the amount of skin-to-skin contact you have with your baby. Take off your shirt and baby’s shirt and place your baby on your chest with a sheet or shirt over both of you.
Review your health history with your healthcare provider or lactation consultant. This may help to discover if a health condition, treatment, or medicine is interfering with milk production.
You also may want to:
Pump your breasts for several minutes after breastfeeding.
Consider renting a hospital-grade pump if you think you’ll need to pump for a prolonged period of time.
Ask your healthcare provider or a certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) about taking a galactogogue. This is a medicine or an herbal preparation found to have a positive effect on milk production.
Think positive. Although insufficient milk production usually can be reversed, any amount of milk you produce is valuable for your baby.
1351Baby shower guest sign in ideas
2533Boy baby shower decorations ideas
1607Girl baby shower favors ideas
23705Intermittent Fasting – Is It Safe For Children?
1791TOP 10 Girl baby shower themes ideas for 2017
23689It is Safe to Eat Raw Meat – A Guide to Choosing the Right Type
600Baby shower fruit tray ideas
4319Baby shower afternoon tea ideas
23735IBS, Depression, and Skin Problems in Fructose Malabsorption
1909Purchase The Special Twin Baby Shower Cakes From Your Local Stores
23715Understanding Poop – Constipation, IBS, and Other Digestive Disorders
218710 Useful Triplet baby shower ideas for you!
3923Baby shower snack ideas pinterest
4291High tea baby shower ideas – 10 ways to have a High tea baby shower party!
554Welcoming a Baby Angel in Style with the Best Baby shower souvenir ideas
2041Planning a Baby shower program ideas – detailed guide
2553TOP 10 Baby girl baby shower food ideas
2463Baby shower ideas pinterest boy
1807Cheap baby shower ideas for boy
3399Baby shower party favor ideas for boys
1813Baby shower snacks ideas
3773Classic pooh baby shower ideas
2435Coed baby shower games ideas
4069Idea for baby shower gifts
3761Baby girl ideas for baby showers
426Baby shower cake ideas boy
2185Baby shower mustache ideas
1697Baby shower gift baskets ideas
3017Baby shower game gift ideas for guests
1569Baby shower invitation ideas for girls
1016Baby shower thank you wording ideas
1473Baby shower cake pops ideas
1425Fun baby shower food ideas
250Baby shower invitations ideas
102Baby shower decoration ideas for girl
2447Baby shower appetizer ideas boy