June 17, 2011

Breastfeeding with Low Milk Supply – How to Deal?

breastAccording to World Health Organization guideline, a baby should take breast milk during the first four months of his life and nothing else has to be given to the baby. In case you are producing less amount of milk, baby will not get enough nutrition for his proper physical development. But how you can be sure that you are having low milk supply?

Your baby will seek for breastfeeding frequently and the time of nursing may be increased. He may want more formula milk even after you have given a considerable time in breastfeeding. Another important symptom is that there is little or no leaking of milk from your breast and you never feel a left-down sensation after nursing. These are the major symptoms of low milk supply.

The first thing you should consider that whether you are really having low milk supply? Sometimes we become so much anxious to care our baby that we consider the wrong thing first. So you should be doubly sure that you are producing less milk. Consulting a lactation expert should be the possible solution. He will assess the condition of your milk supply and the suckling capacity of your baby and advise properly.

Your breastfeeding position should be ideal. In most of the occasions, it is seen that due to poor positioning of the bay, he is unable to suck properly.

Frequent feeding increases milk production. The suckling action of your baby will stimulate the neurological and hormonal system of your breast and in turn milk supply will be increased.

Take a nursing break. A weekend break will increase the volume of milk in your breast and as the baby will suck the milk, there will be increased production.

Taking a hot compression over the breasts 10 minutes before nursing will make the temperature of your breast ideal for suckling. It will soften the breast also to produce enough milk.

Using an electronic pump to express breast milk can be done when you are not sure about the volume of the milk.