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Low Supply of Breast Milk

Almost all mothers who breastfeed go through a period of questioning whether or not their supply of milk is adequate. Some mothers aren't able to produce enough milk to meet the needs of their baby. According to many experts, true insufficiencies of milk are very rare.

Many women think their milk supply is low when it actually isn't. Considering this can happen if you lose the feeling of fullness in your breasts or if the milk stops leaking from your nipples. Babies that go through growth spurts may want more milk than usual, and these more frequent feedings may leave your breasts less than full.

Causes of it:

A mother's milk supply may diminish for a brief period of time if she isn't feeding her baby

often enough due to nipple pain or a poor latch-on technique. Illnesses or estrogen-containing birth control pills may also affect the production of milk.

What you should do:

The best way to handle a low supply of breast milk is through a doctor's care. You should make sure that your baby gets frequent feedings and that nothing is wrong with your nipples or your milk ducts. Doctors are the best ones to ask, as they can run tests to see if everything is fine within your body.

A low supply of breast milk can affect your baby, although it's more of a mental condition than anything else. If your baby isn't gaining any weight or if he is losing weight, you should call a doctor immediately. Improved techniques for breastfeeding will generally help, although in some cases weight gain or weight loss will indicate a serious concern.

In most cases, you can still nurse with a temporary decrease in milk supply, although frequent breastfeeding is the key to boosting your production of milk.


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