When you begin breastfeeding, you may wonder if your baby is getting properly nourished. This can happen if your baby is not latching on correctly or, in rarer cases, if your milk supply is running low. It's always wise to talk to your healthcare provider if you have any concerns. If you are worried about your milk production levels, read on to discover ways to increase your milk supply naturally, and learn why you may be lactating less than you would like. Think about these questions:.
This article shares tips to increase milk supply when pumping. Tips for choosing a pump include:. If the nipple tunnel is too small your nipple may rub along its sides or get wedged, this can cause cracking at the base of the nipple. If the nipple tunnel is too large, too much areola may be pulled into the tunnel to rub along the sides, causing pain and trauma.
Primary Lactation Insufficiency occurs in five per cent of mums, and occurs due to inadequate glandular tissue as a result of breast abnormalities, breast or nipple surgery which may be medically indicated or cosmetic , or other issues. Secondary Lactation Insufficiency, which occurs more commonly, is usually a result of inappropriate feeding routines or use of supplements resulting in diminished milk synthesis and eventually an insufficient supply. Babies may experience delayed bowel movements, decreased urinary output, jaundice, weight loss from birth and lethargy.
However, if you feel you do have low breast milk supply, there are a few ways to address this concern. Your breast milk is produced on a supply and demand basis. How often and how much milk is removed from the breast are the main factors that determine how much milk will be made. In other words, the more often the milk is removed from the breasts by baby or breast pump , the more milk the breasts will produce.