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5 True Signs of Low Breastmilk Production

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

Low milk supply is one of the most common concerns for many mothers. Many moms fear that they aren’t producing enough milk for their babies and end up supplementing with formula. However, this is often done prematurely without any guidance from a Certified Lactation Consultant and any actual knowledge of if they actually have a true low milk supply.


In most cases supply issues are related to causes that can be corrected fairly easily. Most milk supply issues can be resolved and you and your baby can go on to enjoy a wonderful breastfeeding journey!


TRUE SIGNS OF LOW BREASTMILK SUPPLY


Poor Weight Gain

Weight gain is one of the most significant indicators of a newborn’s overall health. A healthy breastfed newborn can lose up to 10% of their birth weight and progressively gain it back—in 5oz. to 7oz. increments within a period of 2 weeks after the birth. Around a week after birth, your baby will have their first visit. If they have not gained back their birth weight at subsequent visits, it's important to seek help from a certified lactation consultant.


Not Enough Wet Nappies

This point comes down to simple math. What goes in must be seen coming out. If your little ones‘ nappy is frequeny filled with pee, this is a good sign that he/she is getting enough milk. If this isn‘t happening, this could be a sign of low milk supply.

Dehydration

The colour of your little ones’ pee can Lso indicate low milk supply. If their urine is dark, there is reddish coloured dust in diaper after day 5, their fontanel is sunken, they’re lethargic or disinterested while breastfeeding, this can also be a sign of low breastmilk production. Also look out for dry mouth/lips as this can also be an indicating factor. If your newborn is showing any of these signs, it’s important that you seek medical help immediately.


Too Long or Too Short Feeding Sessions

If you find that your baby spends very little time at the breast and dozes off, or if you find that your baby is consistently at the breast for long periods of time, you may have a low milk supply. Please note, the amount of time your baby spends nursing should not be the only factor you consider when your milk supply is in question.


Crankiness After Feeds

A baby who is well-fed should be relaxed after each feed. If your baby appears to be agitated after being at the breast and if his or her fists are tight, this could be an indicator that your baby is not getting enough milk.


If you suspect that you have a low supply, you should first contact a lactation consultant.


WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR BREASTMILK SUPPLY


- Take Care of YOU

- Fix Baby’s Latch and Positioning

- Nurse on Demand

- Empty Breasts Effectively

- Skin to Skin

- Lose the Pacifier

- Pump after Nursing

- Enjoy ANY of our lactation products

We hope this post helped you understand this topic more….






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