COMMON PROBLEMS WITH BREASTFEEDING: INADEQUATE MILK SUPPLY

It is difficult to tell just how much milk your baby is actually getting when you breastfeed. An indication that the amount may not be sufficient is a baby’s poor weight gain during the first few weeks or crying immediately after feeds. Of course, there may be other reasons for a baby’s failure to gain weight or not settling after feeds, but if he is otherwise well it is worth checking with a doctor, who will assess feeding technique, as well as the mother’s and the baby’s general health. Inadequate rest, poor diet or insufficient fluid intake, as well as anxiety, can all contribute to a decrease in your milk supply. Expressing between feeds can help boost your milk supply. Try to avoid giving complementary feeds unless absolutely necessary, and then only give a maximum of 60 ml of formula after each feed. If your baby is unwell and feeding poorly, this may also compound the problem. Seeking the advice of a breastfeeding counsellor or your maternal and child health nurse can also be invaluable if you are concerned about your milk supply.

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