Re: Salty breastmilk - week 5 now
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Salty milk is not necessarily an indication of low supply. It's more generally an indication of milk not being removed from the breast; the longer the milk sits in the breast, the saltier it gets. So a mom with an abundant supply and a plugged duct or mastitis might have salty milk, because there's a duct or group of ducts which isn't being drained for a long period of time. And a mom who is weaning will have salty milk because she is going a long time wihout removing milk from the breast.
I think what is happening is that because your baby isn't nursing well and because you aren't removing milk that often, your body is acting like it is weaning, and that is causing the salt buildup. But this is a very fixable problem. The best thing to do is to nurse the baby as often as possible IF the baby is able to remove milk well. If he isn't, then the next best thing is to pump frequently using a very high-quality pump (hospital-grade rental is ideal) with correctly sized shields. And by frequently, I mean 8-12 times a day, which usually means pumping every 2 hours during the day and every 3-4 at night.
Being small-chested doesn't really mean anything for breastfeeding; there are large-breasted women with low supply and small-breasted women with abundant supply.
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