The Magic Number and Long Term Milk Production
by Nancy Mohrbacher in Clinical Lactation, vol. 2, March 2011
Read more.With unrestricted access to the breast, most babies can easily adjust their mother's milk production by simply changing their breastfeeding length and frequency. However, many mothers with milk-production issues are not exclusively breastfeeding. Employed mothers, exclusively pumping mothers, and mothers using feeding schedules often seek help from clinicians when their milk production slows...
When milk production is not regulated solely by the baby, one teaching concept used successfully is the Magic Number (Mohrbacher, 2010). This term refers to the number of times each day a mother needs to remove milk from her breasts to maintain her milk production.
This specific threshold varies among mothers. Two primary dynamics determine an individual mother's Magic Number: degree of breast fullness and breast storage capacity.
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