It is very rare that mothers have to deal with less breastmilk production. Nevertheless, there are always ways to deal with it.
Reduced milk production can be due to pain through breast pump, infection, or poor latching, any breast surgeries you’ve had, stress, high blood pressure, insulin dependent diabetes, obesity, or thyroid. If your baby was born prematurely, it might be a while before your little one gets the knack of proper feeding. And because your baby takes a while to adjust to breastfeeding it too impacts your milk supply. Do not feel guilty about low milk supply as most of the factors are out of your control.
Following are the ways which will help you to increase your breast milk production:
Thrush is a fungal infection that causes severe pain in both nipples and breasts after feeds.
Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast due to ineffective draining of milk.
Improper latching leads to an underweight child. Hence it is important to make sure that your child is latched well.
It is possible to have an oversupply of milk.
A cleft occurs because the tissues of the baby’s face and mouth don’t fuse (link) properly.
Relactation is when you resume breastfeeding after you have stopped it because of any unavoidable reasons.
It is important to breastfeed a child till 1 year. It is not advisable to give formula milk before the age of 1 year.
Breastfeeding can sometimes get overwhelming, not just emotionally, but physically too. Nipple care is very important for the first few months of feeding.
For starters, most mothers find it difficult to stick to one position for breastfeeding. But with time, it gets better.
Colostrum has multiple benefits for a baby's health and should be the first food give to a baby after birth.
For the first few weeks, infants need to breastfeed eight to 12 times per day. That is once every two to three hours, day and night.
Worried about whether you are feeding the child enough? Look for the signs that your child gives.
Lactose overload happens when the milk is not digested properly.
Breastfeeding after having a C-section delivery can be difficult due to the painful wound.
The beginning is always tough, but it does get easier with time. Find out more in the full article.