I am not producing enough milk
I'm struggling with breastfeeding. I am not producing enough milk at all. I've tried using a breast pump to stimulate more prodcution, but can only produce 40ml at most each time. I don't want to put my baby on formula. What can I do?
Dorothy Loti (nursing sister) answers:
Milk production is a matter of supply and demand, so the more your baby feeds the more milk you’ll produce. In order to increase your breastmilk supply your baby should feed 10 to 12 times in 24 hours. Indications that your baby is getting enough milk include acting satisfied after nursing, as well as having many wet nappies in a day. Producing 40ml of breastmilk at each feed is enough for a newborn as long as you feed your baby more often to ensure she gets enough milk throughout the day.
A baby that is breastfeeding well is much more effective than any breast pump in increasing breastmilk supply, so try to encourage your baby to nurse more to aid in this. A baby’s mouth is best at stimulating the nipples and breast, so stick to this for now. You can also try the following:
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep yourself hydrated as this can affect milk production.
- Eat oatmeal. It is not scientifically proven, but many breastfeeding moms have found that after eating oatmeal they have an increase in breastmilk.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Get plenty of rest.
- Drink tea containing fenugreek (a natural herb) to help increase milk supply. It has not been proven that drinking milk stout helps to stimulate milk production, so steer clear of this practice.