Re: Help! I feel like my milk supply is next to nothing!
How is your baby's diaper output? As long as that is normal, and you're not pregnant or on a new form of hormonal contraception, I am guessing that your milk supply is probably normal and the issue is one of perception and expectation. Often moms freak out about milk supply around this point due to normal adjustments in supply. Most moms start out making too much milk. It's nature's way of ensuring that the baby gets fed as he masters breastfeeding. When a mom is making too much milk, she often feels full, gets engorged, feels strong letdowns, can pump a lot of milk with no trouble, needs to feed on only one breast at a time, and leaks a lot. As time goes on, the body detects that it is making more milk than the baby is taking, and therefore decreases supply to meet the baby's needs more exactly. This is desirable, because making extra milk is a waste of energy and puts you at increased risk for plugged ducts and mastitis. Once this normal adjustment occurs, a mom may feel soft all the time, need to use both breasts when nursing the baby, leak less or not at all, not feel letdowns, and yield less milk when pumping.
If you want to increase your supply up to a higher level than the baby is maintaining, the thing to do is to pump after nursing. The more milk you remove, and the more frequently you remove it, the more milk you will make.
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