When your little one is at home, it is time to feed the baby so that the newborn baby derives all the necessary nutrients and proteins from its mother’s milk. But there are certain problems that might arise with the job of breastfeeding itself. One such can be a low supply of milk during breastfeeding. This health problem will trouble both the mother and the baby and can also make the baby go on a breastfeeding strike for a long time until the milk flow is adequate. There are a lot of reasons that are responsible for the low supply of milk in the mother’s body during the time of breastfeeding. But there are also certain solutions to this problem. But it is important for new mothers and those who are planning for a pregnancy to know what the possible reasons and common causes of the low supply of milk are, what are the signs, and most essentially what can effectively help to solve this problem.
Possible Reasons Behind the Lack of Milk Supply:
When you try to breastfeed your newborn baby, you might find that the milk supply is low. Doctors and pediatricians say that there are a number of reasons that might be considered responsible for the lack of supply of mother’s milk during breastfeeding. Some of them are listed below:
- Problems With Feeding: According to recent studies and experiments it has been found that if a baby has feeding issues, then they might suffer from a lack of milk supply. This shortage of milk is not happening on the part of the mother, but it is the baby who cannot properly suckle enough milk from its mother and so it is facing a lack of milk. Now, if the unconsumed excess milk remains within the mother’s body, it can lead to some serious infections in the breast and can thus affect the adequate supply of milk.
- Sudden Hormonal Changes: It might happen in some cases that the mother’s body that was undergoing immense hormonal changes all throughout the pregnancy is now having the same hormonal shifts again, particularly the lactating hormone and so it is affecting the milk production, causing a lower supply of milk.
In fact, the consumption of contraceptives or additional external hormonal medicines or supplements is also responsible to lower the milk production in your body. So, it is very important for you to talk to your doctor before you take these and follow experts’ advice to increase the milk production in your body so that even if these medicines or supplements become necessary for you, you do not have a shortage of milk supply for your baby.
- Feeding Solids to The Baby: Do not introduce solids right after the baby’s birth. It is very important for the baby to consume its mother’s milk so that it can derive proper immunity and can also build up strong immunity. So, if you make your baby have solids from the early days, then the baby will not be eager to have the mother’s milk and gradually the milk supply will decrease.
- If Mother Gets Back to Work: If you get back to work in a phase when they breastfeed their babies, then the baby is not frequently getting the mother’s contact and the mother is also getting less time to feed the baby. This can also decrease the amount of the mother’s milk.
- Sickness: If the mother is suffering from any physical or mental ailment- be it an infection, any physical issue or a stress disorder, or anxiety, there will be a shortage of milk supply in the mother’s body, and she needs to get help from her concerned health care expert as soon as possible to take care of the baby and provide it with a proper supply of milk. In fact, it has also been found that mothers with polycystic ovaries and other gynecological health issues that might occur before or after childbirth often find it difficult to provide the baby with a proper supply of milk for breastfeeding. But this problem is minor and will gradually be healed if you go for proper treatment.
- Stress Disorders with The Mother: It is often found that the new mother can suffer from extensive stress disorders just after childbirth, for which her milk supply can significantly decrease in quantity, leaving the baby unfed. This is often seen that in most cases after mothers give birth to their babies, they seem to have overcome a huge amount of stress and this stress might prove to be too overwhelming for them to bear. So, new mothers are often on the verge of suffering from post-natal depression, stress disorders, anxiety, and panic attacks. If you have any of these mental health issues or stress-related problems, you are most likely to have a very low supply of breast milk. So, it is always advisable to talk to your health care expert as soon as possible about the issues you are facing.
- Weight Problems of Mothers: This is a genuine problem that does not let mothers provide a sufficient milk supply for their babies. The constant increase and decrease in body weight keep on continuing for a long time throughout your pregnancy in different trimesters and if you have an unhealthy, that will lead to an impact on the quantity of milk supply in your body and the amount of milk that your baby is receiving. If you are losing weight continuously, either you are having an ailment in your body that is hidden or you are on a diet that is making you skinny and thus limiting your proper milk production to supply the baby. Moreover, too much weight loss will also make you tired and exhausted and will not give enough milk to the baby.
On the other hand, if the mother becomes too obese- either before her pregnancy or after childbirth, then also the milk supply seems to get reduced because of insulin resistance in the body. So, it is important to maintain a proper body weight so that you have a proper production of milk in your body and the baby can get enough supply of milk during breastfeeding.
Whenever you will find that there is an abnormality in your body weight that might be affecting the amount of milk supply in your body, it is highly recommended that you should talk to your health care expert about this to treat the issue as soon as possible and thus increase your amount of milk supply.
Things To Do If You Have a Low Supply of Milk for Breast- Feeding:
First, talk to your doctor. It is important to take your doctor’s advice before you get to know the things you must do to increase the production of milk in your body. There are indeed certain techniques that will help you to increase milk synthesis in your body and your baby gets enough of its milk. Some such techniques are as follows:
- Try to feel calm and relaxed. Go to a spa, body massage, and try out several types of satisfying and relaxation techniques that will help to ease your body and thus will help to increase the milk flow. You can in fact try to massage your breasts while you are feeding your baby to increase the blood circulation and the flow of milk while the baby is consuming milk.
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids and beverages like fruit juices and milk throughout the day.
- Try to empty your breasts completely while you are feeding your baby.
- Have a healthy diet and lead a healthy and proper lifestyle; do not consume excessive coffee or any beverage that has too much caffeine in it. Stop smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, or consumption of any kind of harmful drugs.
- Get enough rest and sleep
- Do not take hormonal supplements that are external and switch your regular contraceptives.
- Pump and massage your breasts while you feed your baby.
- Feed your baby almost 10 to 12 times a day and get in close contact with your baby.
- Treat any mental or physical ailment that might result from post-pregnancy complications, such as Polycystic ovary or post-natal depression.
- Manage any stress disorder along with anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.
- Talk to a pediatrician, a midwife, or an expert who might help you to gain knowledge about how to increase the production of milk in your body.
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