Breastfeeding and Low Milk Supply
It is normal to have some problems when you start to breastfeed your new baby. One problem is having a low amount of breast milk. If you have a low milk supply, this may cause your baby to not gain enough weight. Making sure your breasts are emptied during feedings can help prevent a low milk supply.
Follow these instructions at home:
When to breastfeed your baby
- Breastfeed when you feel like you need to reduce the fullness of your breasts or when your baby shows signs of hunger. This is called “breastfeeding on demand.”
- Do not delay feedings. Feed your baby often.
- Try to empty your breasts of milk at each feeding. This will cause them to make more milk.
- If your breast is not empty after a feeding, use a pump or squeeze with your hand (hand express) to get the rest of the milk out.
- Make sure your baby’s mouth attaches to your nipple (latches) properly when breastfeeding.
- Make sure your baby is in the right position when breastfeeding. Try different positions to find one that helps your baby feed better.
Do notgive your baby extra formula unless your doctor or breastfeeding specialist (lactation consultant) tells you to do that.
- Let your doctor know what over-the-counter or prescription medicines you are taking. Some medicines may affect how much milk you make.
- Talk to your doctor or breastfeeding specialist before you take any herbal supplements.
Contact a doctor if:
- Your baby does not gain weight.
- Your baby loses weight.
- You continue to have a low milk supply.
- If you have a low milk supply, this may cause your baby to not gain enough weight.
- Feed your baby often. Do notdelay feedings.
- Try to empty your breasts of milk at each feeding. Use a pump or squeeze with your hand (hand express) to get remaining milk out after a feeding.