Do I have a Low Milk Supply?

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Do I have a Low Milk Supply?

Breastfeeding is the natural way to nourish a newborn baby, but almost every new mother initially faces some challenges with breastfeeding. Many new mothers wonder if they are supplying enough breast milk to their babies. Since mothers cannot visually see how much milk the baby is drinking, it can be hard to figure out how much milk is produced.

How Do I Know If My Baby Is Getting Enough Milk?

Though you cannot easily measure the amount of milk your baby had, there are a few signs that can tell you that your baby is sufficiently tummy full:

  • Your baby’s cheeks are full while feeding rather than sucked in.
  • Your baby falls asleep & released.
  • Your baby seems happy and comfortable after feeding.
  • You may feel sleepy after feedings.
  • You can see/hear your baby swallowing during feeding.
  • Your breasts feel soft, not hard, after feeding.

Please remember that babies may ask for the feed several times a day, mostly 8 to 12 times in a complete 24 hours. And this may cause you to think that you must not be feeding your baby sufficiently. But that is not the truth. Additionally, the following signs don’t have anything to do with your actual milk supply:

  • Having a fussy baby (this is common aside from getting enough milk)
  • Your baby wants to nurse often (every 1.5 to 2 hours is pretty standard for breastfed babies)
  • Your breasts don’t leak any milk (doesn’t have to do with milk supply)
  • Your breasts feel softer than they used to (this is pretty natural once the entire supply comes in)
  • You get very little when pumping after a feeding (babies are more efficient at extracting milk than a pump)

How Can I Increase Breastmilk Supply?

Before you start any lactation supplements to increase your breastmilk supply, it is advisable to consult with your doctor or a lactation expert. The truth is that most new mothers do not require anything extra to boost their milk supply. However, you can try certain things that may help increase the breast milk supply.

  • Get plenty of rest. Lack of sleep affects breastmilk production.
  • Drink sufficient glasses of water in a day and stay hydrated.
  • Eat a balanced diet, including fresh fruits and vegetables. It would be best if you had extra calories during the lactation period.
  • Avoid smoking, alcohol.
  • Offer both breasts while nursing.


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