You check the freezer to see how your “stock” of frozen breast milk is doing, and it’s not looking so good. What’s left of what you previously pumped, put in storage bags and placed in the freezer for later isn’t much now, and you need to do something about it.
You check the fridge just for the sake of it, and it doesn’t look good either, you don’t have any bottles you’ve left in there to be thawed overnight.
So, what to do now? Time to get back to work and onto the usual pumping routine! But, when you try to get back to your old pumping ways, you notice it’s not going so well. What you used to be able to pump a while back, you’re now only getting a fraction of.
What’s going on? Is your milk supply down? Is there anything you can do about it? If so, what is it and how long will it take for positive improvements to show and for things to get back to the way they always were before?
After all, you tell yourself, the last thing you want is for you to be the reason baby doesn’t get their nutritional requirements met and suffers from developmental problems because of this shortage in breast milk you have.
All legitimate concerns and questions you’re probably asking yourself when you notice you’re not pumping the same amount of breastmilk that you used to before, or you doubt your baby isn’t feeding enough if you’re directly breastfeeding them instead.
So read along, as we’ll be covering all these questions and many more details you need to know about in the different sections throughout this article.
How Do I Know If I Need To Increase My Breast Milk Supply?
If you often hear all kinds of horror stories from your mommy friends, coworkers and acquaintances about them experiencing low breast milk supply and how they managed to increase it, but aren’t exactly sure whether this is something you’re experiencing and have to worry about or not, then don’t worry – you’re not alone.
Whether it’s because of faulty information they hear get touted around or because of overly stressing about something that only exists in their head, many mothers think they have a low milk supply and that their baby isn’t getting all the nutrition they need in a day’s time – while the reality is quite opposite and their milk supply is, in fact, completely fine.
Take a look through the following checklist that will help you determine whether you actually have a low milk supply or it’s just all in your head.
Normal Baby Weight: When you’re exclusively breastfeeding and not supplementing with formula whatsoever, the best way you can determine whether you’re breast milk supply is low or not is by actively keeping track of your baby’s weight.
If you’re exclusively feeding your baby breast milk (be that through direct breastfeeding or through breast milk pumped into baby bottles) and you notice that they’re gaining weight at a steady rate and according to normal schedule, then your milk supply is normal and is not low.
There’s no way your milk supply could be low and your baby is getting all the nutrients they need, is healthy and is gaining weight at a normal rate at the same time.
This is commonly seen in first time mothers who don’t have any previous experience when it comes to nursing a baby and how much they need to eat, so they tend to think they’re not feeding their babies as much as they should be doing.
So, it’s the mothers with babies struggling to gain weight at a normal rate that should be worried about having a low milk supply that’s not able to keep up with the demands of their babies.
Keep a growth chart for breastfed babies handy for your reference anytime you need to cross-check with it to make sure your baby’s weight gain is going at a normal rate.
Don’t make the mistake that many mothers do (especially new mothers with not much previous experience), which is breastfeeding but looking at weight gain charts for babies that are bottle fed formula milk.
Weight gain charts for breastfed babies differ from charts for bottle fed babies because of difference in macro nutrient composition between the two sources, so always keep that in mind.
Generally speaking and if you’re meeting your baby’s nutritional requirements through breastfeeding, they should be gaining anywhere between 0.11 kg to 0.2 kg a week.
Dirty Diapers: Yes, I know, dealing with dirty diapers is every parent’s worst nightmare. They stink, it’s gross to get your baby cleaned afterwards and you just want to dispose of the darn thing as fast as you can.
But hold on just a second, your baby frequently dirtying their diapers is actually a good thing from a milk supply perspective.
Dirtying their diapers multiple times a day is a sign that baby is being properly fed, especially when yellow colored poop is present.
And, the bigger your baby’s poop is inside their diapers, the happier you should be because that means they’re getting fed properly. (Now go clean that mess you hero, you!).
On average, healthy babies getting their nutritional requirements met should dirty their diapers at least three times a day during the first month of their life.
From there on and after your baby exceeds one month of age, they’ll gradually dirty their diapers less and less as they grow up.
As for wetting their diapers (i.e urination), you should expect them to wet at least 5 to 6 diapers a day if they’re getting all the breast milk they need.
Baby Energy Levels: Actively monitor your baby’s energy levels to notice a significant decrease whenever it happens.
A baby with decreased energy levels and showing signs of lethargy could very well be a baby that’s not eating enough, which could be because of possible low milk supply you’re experiencing.
If your baby shows a decrease in activity levels along with weight loss or a halt in weight gain, then you should definitely get to the bottom of the situation as soon as possible to solve it if it’s a low milk supply issue.
Baby Alertness: If your baby shows high levels of alertness to whatever is going on around them, then chances are they’re being fed properly and there’s nothing about your milk supply that you have to worry about.
Why Am I Not Able To Produce Enough Milk?
After all you’ve gone through during pregnancy and delivery, the last thing you now need is all that extra stress and panic associated with not knowing what on earth is going on and why your milk supply is down.
Before you can begin to bring your milk supply back up and feel happy again, though, you first need to understand why exactly it goes down sometimes in the first place.
Different Times, Different Circumstances: Just like the million and one other functions in our bodies vary in performance throughout the course of different days, weeks and months, the same holds true for breastfeeding and overall milk supply.
Our bodies are always going through constant changes, processes of tearing down and building up again, fatigue and recovery, hormonal changes, etc ..
No matter what you do, you can’t expect your milk supply to remain in the exact same condition day in, day out over the course of several weeks and months to come.
Illnesses: Which brings us to the subject of illnesses – if your body has taken a hit and is fighting through something, it’s only normal for your milk supply to be affected along with all the other functions that take a temporary hit as well.
So the next time you’re down with something like the flu, give yourself a break, know that your milk supply decreasing is only a normal reaction and focus on your rest so you get back to normal as soon as possible.
However, if you have a more serious illness, health or medical condition that’s not something that temporarily comes and goes on its own and needs medical intervention to be treated, your milk supply will likely stay down until you get it treated.
For example, you could have a rare case of hypoplasia which causes milk supply shortage due to insufficient glandular tissues. So, see a doctor when there’s a need for you to do so, as neglecting this part will affect both you and baby on the long term.
Medication: Different kinds of medication can decrease a mother’s milk supply.
Sometimes it’s a side effect of one specific medication, other times it’s a result of taking two medications that should not be combined together at the same time, and sometimes it’s just a matter of exceeding the recommended dosage.
Birth Control: If you’re currently taking birth control pills that contain estrogen, this could be what’s leading to your low milk supply condition.
Premature Use Of Pacifiers: If you plan on introducing your baby to the world of pacifiers to reap all the benefits they have to offer, it’s very important that you wait till they’re old enough for you to do so.
Many mothers make the mistake of giving their babies pacifiers when they’re still not 4 weeks of age yet, which ends up confusing the baby, messing up their feeding schedule, causing them to want to feed less from your breast and ultimately decreasing your breast milk supply because of a decrease in demand.
So, before you ever introduce your baby to a pacifier for whatever use, make sure they’re at least 4 weeks of age and that your milk supply is well established.
The same holds true for any artificially designed nipple out there, be that a pacifier, nipple shield, bottle or anything else that resemble’s the mommy’s real deal.
The Age Factor: With age come a lot of difficulties and natural body changes, one of which being the increased likelihood of experiencing low milk supply more frequently.
All other factors being equal, if you have your first baby at the age of 25 you’re likely not going to experience your milk supply drying up as frequently as a mother that has her first baby at the age of 35.
Hormonal Changes & Disorders: Another reason why you should always keep in touch with your doctor is because all of this may just be caused by hormonal changes and disorders your body is naturally going through as the years go by.
You could implement all the tips in this article, but to no avail, because your doctor needs to prescribe medications for you to take to get your previous hormonal balance back.
Surgery: If you’ve recently gone under the knife for surgery (and this is especially true for breast surgery), then it’s only normal for some functions to be temporarily affected and for your milk supply to decrease for a while.
Thyroid Problems: Many mothers experience a low milk supply because of problems they have with their thyroid. So, have your thyroid levels checked to see if they’re on the low side, after which your doctor will advise you what needs to be done to fix this.
Myths About Determining Low Milk Supply
The following list covers some of the most common myths that get shared around about signs you can tell you have low milk supply from, ones which are unfortunately not true.
Duration Of Breastfeeding Session: When directly breastfeeding your baby through skin to skin contact, the duration of the session in and of itself is not enough of an indicator as to whether your milk supply is low.
Size Of Breasts: One of the more ridiculous myths that get touted around is that women with large sized breasts are luckier and have naturally higher milk supply than women with small sized breasts.
But, to be fair, it can be seen why first time mothers without much prior experience could believe this.
The size of your breasts does not play any role in the amount of milk they produce.
Breasts Don’t Feel Full: Another common misconception among mothers (especially first time moms) is that their milk supply is down because their breasts don’t feel as “full” as they usually do.
For all you know, your baby could have breastfed more than they usually do that day for many different reasons, which leaves your breasts feeling less “full” than usual.
No More Leaks: If you’re no longer experiencing milk leaks from your nipples, this doesn’t necessarily mean that your supply has dried up, it could simply mean that the cause of these leaks in the past is no longer present.
Remember, breast leaks are not the norm, they just happen when your body is still adjusting to your baby’s feeding needs, schedule, etc ..
When this adjustment phase is over, the leaks will likely stop, and you should be happy about it, not worry and stress over it.
How To Increase Milk Supply
If, by this point, you’re absolutely positive that your milk supply is in fact low and it’s not just all in your head, then don’t worry – improving it is not as hard as you may think it is.
Thankfully, this is a temporary problem and certainly not a permanent one that you have to learn how to live with.
If you keep the following list in mind and try to implement as much of it as possible, you’ll be sure to stimulate your milk ducts and speed up your body’s milk production & supply in no time.
Frequent & Consistent Feeding Sessions: The more frequently you can breastfeed your baby, and the more consistent you stay with the schedule instead of doing so at random intervals, the better your overall milk supply will be.
The more frequently you’re able to have your baby get milk out of your breasts, the more this will increase your supply. As a general rule of thumb, you should be breastfeeding your baby once every 1.5 hours to 3 hours in a 24 hour time frame.
You have to start looking at your breast milk from a “supply and demand” perspective. If you keep your breasts consistently working the natural way they were meant to work (i.e you’re keeping the demand for breast milk up by consistent pumping or direct breastfeeding), the supply is likely to stay up as well – and vice versa.
For any session you’re not able to directly breastfeed through skin to skin contact, pump breast milk to keep your supply up.
Don’t Force It: Trying to force your baby to feed when they’ve not really asked for it is not exactly a good idea.
Just because it’s time for their feeding session according to a set schedule you have does not mean they should be fed right away.
Wait for your baby to show signs they want to be fed before trying to force it on them. Babies feed much better and in a much more relaxed way when they’re actually hungry and are asking for it, which in turn better stimulates your mammary glands to produce milk in a smoother fashion, keeping your milk supply up as a result.
Babies won’t starve themselves if you’re not feeding them with the clock running right next to you at all times, so don’t worry about it if they take a little more time than usual to get hungry next time.
Also, the thought that breastfeeding a baby only when they ask for it will create a spoiled, clingy and demanding kid is completely unfounded and is not something you should worry about.
You should not, however, wait till your baby starts crying for you to pick that up as a sign that they want to be fed.
That beats the purpose because you’ll have a stressed, cranky baby that isn’t going to be feeding in their most relaxed state of mind.
With time, you’ll start to notice early signs your baby shows you when they start to get hungry, which is when you should offer them your breast to feed on.
If at that point they take up on your offer, then great – there you have it, job done.
If they don’t show an interest, however, don’t make a big deal out of it and don’t try to force it – just wait till they do (and trust me, they will eventually).
Stop When Baby Wants: You should also not make the mistake of strictly adhering to the clock during your feeding sessions – let baby dictate when they want to stop being fed instead.
Don’t try to force them to continue feeding just because there’s 5 minutes left, if they’re feeling full then that’s that – you have the next session to look forward to.
Exclusively Breastfeed: By exclusively breastfeeding and not supplementing with formula milk, you’ll be increasing the frequency of your baby’s feeding sessions and increasing your milk supply as a result.
The more you feed your baby through other methods, the less load you’ll be requiring from your breasts and the less milk they’ll produce as a result.
Also, the more formula milk you expose your baby to, the higher the chances of them taking a liking to it will be, and the more likely they’ll become to refuse your breast milk if they don’t find it as tasty.
If your baby still hasn’t reached an age you should begin introducing solids to them in, try to keep it all 100% focused on breast milk as much as possible.
All solids, formula and water should be kept minimal. So, the next time you miss one of your baby’s feeding sessions and are not able to physically be there at the time, make sure that they’re being fed a bottle of pumped breast milk and not formula.
(Of course, and this should go without saying, that if pumped breast milk isn’t available at the time, then just supplement with formula for that one session and please don’t leave your baby hungry).
Don’t Surrender To Problems: If your baby is exhibiting difficulties on a regular basis when it comes to properly breastfeeding (such as difficulties establishing a proper latch or sucking from your nipple to begin with), don’t give in to these problems straight away.
And, if overcoming these problems is looking impossible after you’ve seemingly tried everything there is, pump breast milk whenever you need to.
When you give up to baby’s direct breastfeeding problems, you’ll be giving your body all sorts of mixed signals that aid in the decrease of overall milk supply.
However, when you pump breast milk during times your baby isn’t nursing efficiently to feed them from these bottles afterwards, you’ll be both ensuring they get their required nutrients for the day and that the milk production flow in your body is left uninterrupted.
Seek A Lactation Consultant: One of the most common causes of low milk supply is baby latching difficulties.
If you suspect (or know for a fact) that this is happening when you’re nursing your little one, seek professional help right away to get this fixed.
A lactation consultant can easily get this fixed for you. If you’re going to go down this route, make sure you hire an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) so that you’re sure you’re dealing with a legitimate professional.
Take Advantage Of The Twins: One of the biggest mistakes many breastfeeding mothers are guilty of is focusing on one breast more than the other during feeding sessions, or even worse yet completely ignoring one breast in favor of the other.
Start the feeding session off with one breast and move on to the other when your baby is done from the first, don’t just cut the session short at one breast.
Look After Yourself: At the end of the day, your body is like a machine – fuel it properly and take care of it the way you should be, and it will perform all its duties to the best of its abilities.
However, if you neglect it, it won’t. So, take a careful look at your lifestyle and see where positive changes can be implemented.
Exercise more, eat a better and more nutritious diet, meditate, etc ..
Whatever changes you can implement that could improve the quality of the life you live, will circle back and improve your body functions – one of which is your milk supply during the nursing phase.
Enough Sleep: Are you getting enough sleep on a day to day basis?
We all know that a mother’s schedule can get pretty hectic and responsibilities always seem to never end, but getting enough sleep is essential for your milk supply.
A body that hasn’t gotten much sleep for the past few days is a fatigued body, one that won’t be able to fulfill all its commitments (ensuring enough milk supply being one of them).
Cut The Bad Habits: Cut the bad habits from your life not just because they affect practically every aspect you could think of, but because they can also slow down your milk supply as well.
The main two bad habits we’re referring to here are smoking (be that cigarettes or weed) and drinking alcohol.
Besides, both habits will have you passing harmful substances to your baby through your breast milk, which affects both their well being and development at such a young and crucial phase in their life.
Not to mention the proven effects that smoking has on your let down reflex.
Use Herbal Galactagogues: Many nursing mothers swear by herbal galactagogues and their ability to improve overall milk supply in a significantly short amount of time.
No, you didn’t read some random Chinese word, this is purely English we’re speaking here. Galactagogues are different foods, herbs and supplements that help nursing mothers increase their breast milk supply.
Some mothers report an increase in as little as 24 hours, while others start noticing a difference after 72 hours.
One of the most popular herbal galactagogues nursing mothers use is Fenugreek, so read more on that subject and give it a try if you like what you see.
The good news is that you won’t have to take these substances forever, you’ll only be required to do so for a limited amount of time until your milk supply increases.
You can stop taking them afterwards and your milk supply will remain increased, as long as you keep consistent with your direct breastfeeding or pumping schedule.
Talk to your doctor if you need to take these herbs during pregnancy for milk supply purposes and before you’ve given birth to your baby, because they may cause uterine contractions in pregnant women.
Use Nursing Teas: If you would prefer something not as “extreme” as herbal galactagogues because of safety concerns you may have, you should give nursing teas a consideration.
You can drink these teas indefinitely because the dosage of substances that make them work are significantly less than those found in herbal galactagogues, which will cause you problems if you take for a prolonged period of time.
You do have to limit how many cups you drink in a day’s time, though, or you will risk making your nursing baby gassy.
The more popular nursing teas make use of ingredients such as fennel and coriander to promote increased lactation.
Do your research before you buy just any nursing tea, though, as some don’t taste as good as others.
Also, combine a cup of tasty nursing tea with some of your favorite lactation cookies, and you’ll have yourself one delicious (and beneficial) snack.
Blessed Thistle: This is a galactagogic herb that’s often found in many of the popular nursing teas on the market today as well as supplement pills that promote increased lactation.
You can also take it in standalone form, as it makes a very effective combination when coupled with Fenugreek.
Alfalfa: Last but certainly not the least of effective herbs worthy of being mentioned is the Alfalfa herb.
No matter how you consume this herb, be that in its raw plant form, powder form, swallowable pill form or tea form, it will help increase your milk supply (in addition to tons of other health benefits as well).
Eat Milk Supply Superfoods: Just like “superfoods” exist to help you lose weight and shed fat because of the properties they contain, there are also super foods that help your body increase breast milk production because of the properties they have.
One such superfood that many mothers say had a positive impact on their milk supply upon introduction to their diet, and one that many lactation consultants recommend nursing mothers eat more of for reasons not just milk-supply related, is oatmeal.
Reports of increase in milk supply of up to 2 ounces after introduction of superfoods like oatmeal to a diet are not uncommon.
Also try incorporating certain vegetables such as carrots and leafy greens such as spinach into your diet, as these two are also known to help increase milk supply in nursing women.
Be careful when eating foods like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and beans, as these can make your baby gassy, resulting in them not wanting to feed as much.
Whatever you do, double check your diet and make sure you aren’t hampering your body’s production of milk by eating foods that are known to decrease milk supply.
Take a few minutes out of your day and run a quick search on what these foods are, there’s plenty of resources on the internet about it that you can learn from and make a list to keep handy for quick reference whenever you need it.
Garlic: Love it or hate it, garlic is a super-ingredient when it comes to improving a mother’s milk supply.
If you’re like me and you just love the taste of garlic, adding a little bit here and there as part of different dishes you prepare and meals you eat will greatly help out.
Consuming it in its most natural form is obviously the best thing you could do, but powdered form is fine too if that’s all you can work with.
If you can’t stand the taste of garlic, however, then don’t worry – you can take garlic supplements in the form of swallowable pills. The best part? You’ll get all the nursing benefits but won’t taste a thing!
Carrots: Go orange with some carrots in your diet, since your body’s Vitamin A requirements from your diet greatly increase during lactation. Your body takes all the beta-carotene carrots have to offer and transforms them into Vitamin A.
Ginger: It’s not a coincidence that so many cuisines around the world make extensive use of ginger as part of their dishes – the health benefits are way too good to pass on.
If you still have a good amount of ginger at home back from your pregnancy days where you used to put them to good use, then you’re in luck – ginger (in all its different types) is one of the most popular milk supply boosting ingredients out there.
Cutting Calories: If you’re breastfeeding and trying to get rid of those extra pounds you packed on during pregnancy back when you were eating for two, be very careful about your caloric deficit and make sure not to over-do it.
If you’re exclusively breastfeeding, then you’re already burning a significant amount of calories a day.
If you over-do it with high amounts of exercise and excessive dieting as well, then you risk having a heavily reduced caloric intake per day, which often results in the decrease of milk supply.
When exclusively breastfeeding, keep in mind that you need to be eating around 500 calories more than what you used to eat before you were pregnant, so that you ensure your milk supply stays up.
Brewer’s Yeast: Who would have thought? Something that goes into making beer could be beneficial in getting a mother’s milk supply up!
Supplementing with brewer’s yeast that comes in powdered form or tablet form is a practice many nursing moms do to speed the production process up.
It’s not a coincidence that this ingredient is present in many of the popular lactation products on the market today.
Not to mention that it’s a good supplement for reasons other than increasing milk supply as well, due to its general richness in vitamins and minerals.
Lay off the beer (and anything alcohol related) during your breastfeeding phase, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of a few ingredients that go into making these alcoholic beverages.
Drink Enough Water: If you’re not drinking enough amounts of water throughout the day, not only are you putting your body at risk of dehydration and causing harm to many of your organs, you’re also likely to experience low milk supply.
If breast milk is mostly made from water, how can we expect our bodies to regularly produce it if we’re not drinking enough water on a daily basis?
Breastfeeding mothers need to be drinking at least 2.5 liters to 3 liters of water a day to avoid dehydration and to keep their milk supply up.
Also make sure to properly space out your water intake throughout the day, as the last thing you’ll want to do is gulp down 2 liters within the span of 1 hour and then go 6+ hours without drinking anything.
The timing of your water intake and properly spacing it out throughout the day is just as important.
A good starting point to get you on the right track is for you to fill an 8 ounce glass of water to drink during every breastfeeding session.
Do not slack off when it comes to water intake because the repercussions are definitely not fun to experience.
The last thing a breastfeeding mother looks forward to is having to deal with constipation, hemorrhoids and all the pain that comes along.
You can also increase your daily water intake by making smart food choices, such as eating vegetables and fruits that are naturally rich in water.
When you read different studies which all prove that more than 3/4 of Americans suffer from chronic dehydration, you know this is a very serious issue.
Electrolytes: Besides drinking your required share of water on a daily basis, you should also focus on re-supplying your body with all the electrolytes lost during breastfeeding.
Smart water works brilliantly well (especially if you experience cramps due to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance), as does Gatorade.
Try to keep the majority of the liquids you do drink in a 24 hour period pure water, though.
Gatorade specifically should not be consumed at an excessive amount, or else the disadvantages will outweigh the advantages of a nursing mother drinking it in the first place.
If you opt for sports drinks other than Gatorade, take a good look at the nutritional facts label first, as many of them are way too high in sugar for your own good.
Surround Yourself With Positivity: This may not seem like the most “rocket-science” of tips, but trust us when we say that it makes the world of difference.
This means surrounding yourself with positive people (be that family members or friends) who support and encourage you to lead the lifestyle you’re living in order to better yourself for your baby, and understand whenever you have to make a sacrifice for the sake of your milk supply and breastfeeding efforts.
It’s the toxic people who are always critical of your decisions (even though you’re doing them for the best interest of your baby) who you have to stay away from.
If you get affected by all the negativity around you and your mind is not at ease, chances are this is going to slow down your milk supply.
Breast Massage: No no, don’t worry, this isn’t some sort of fancy massage you’ll have to go get at some spa for a hefty fee – you can do it all alone at home with just your baby by your side.
By massaging your breasts, you can stimulate breast milk production, increase the volume produced and make it more nutritional for baby due to increased fat content.
Also make use of breast compression techniques to make sure you’re taking advantage of every last ounce in each breast during different sessions.
A Quick (But Important) Note About Supplementation And Increasing Milk Supply
Just because a supplement has stood the test of time, proven to be effective for countless mothers out there and helped them increase their milk supply relatively fast, this does not necessarily mean that YOU should blindly follow.
Our advice to you is that no matter what supplement you take for increasing your milk supply, be it made from herbs or any other substances and ingredients, talk to your doctor first and ask them if it’s safe for you to do so.
The supplement in and of itself may be as safe as possible, but your doctor may point out that you’re already taking certain medications that could cause a conflict and lead to health problems when coupled with this specific supplement.
Your doctor will also let you know how long you can take this supplement before it starts to cause your body harm, at which point you’ll need to stop taking it (even if just temporarily before another few months of usage).
All of these questions and concerns are best answered by your physician, both for your sake and that of your baby.
How Long Will It Take For Me To Increase My Milk Supply?
Unfortunately, there’s no answer set in stone for this million dollar question. The answer is one we all don’t like to hear – “it depends”. The factors that go into determining how long are one too many for anyone to give you a “one size fits all” answer.
It’s going to differ between two mothers at different age ranges, two mothers that experience low milk supply for different reasons (one being serious while the other being something minor), the lifestyle of these two mothers, what they’re doing on a daily basis to get the supply back up, etc ..
When Should I See A Doctor If What I’m Doing Isn’t Working?
If you’re trying one of the many tips we’ve mentioned above about how to increase your milk supply, know that you shouldn’t keep at it forever until you see results.
Most mothers that implement these tips will notice a positive impact on their milk supply in a matter of days and weeks, so patience and consistency until you start seeing improvement is needed.
However, if you’re consistently implementing these methods for months on end without noticing much improvement in your milk supply, there may be an underlying health condition causing this shortage – one which only your doctor can help you treat.
Are You Sure Baby Is Actually Feeding?
It should be noted that in many cases, the mother’s milk production is perfectly fine and breastfeeding sessions are supposedly going well, except that baby isn’t actually feeding much.
So, during these sessions, actively monitor them and try to hear and see if they’re actually swallowing.
Traces of milk will also appear on a baby’s mouth when they’re being nursed, so look for those as well to make sure that they’re actually drawing milk.