LOW MILK SUPPLY
There are many possible reasons for a low milk supply, from infrequent feeds and using formula supplements to a pre-existing condition or insufficient glandular tissue.
Almost all mums go through a period of questioning whether our milk supply is adequate, especially when we begin breastfeeding. Many of us think their milk supply is low when it isn't. This can happen
if you lose the feeling of fullness in your breasts or if milk stops leaking from your nipples.
But these are actually signs that your body has adjusted to your baby's feeding requirements. A baby
going through a growth spurt may also want more milk than usual, and his more frequent feedings
may leave your breasts less full than they have been.
Milk supply can, however, lower if :
1) An incorrect latch can not only be painful but can also affect your supply.
2) You aren't getting enough rest or sleep
3) Using certain medications decrease milk supply, including allergy medications, anaesthetic,etc
4) Consuming too much caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Drinking moderate to heavy amounts of
alcohol can decrease milk production
5) Extreme stress and postpartum depression as well as being overwhelmed can cause your
supply to dwindle.
6) Your baby has stopped feeding as frequently or you've stopped pumping as frequently.
It's important to be aware of your emotional and physical state when breastfeeding. Also, be mindful
of what you're putting in and on your body.
But first and Foremost it's important to take care of
YOU so you can care for your baby.
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