Low Milk Supply

By Krista Gray, IBCLC. Last updated February 19, 2013.

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There are many reasons that a breastfeeding mother could experience low milk supply.  Some factors stem from the baby and others from the mother.

Maternal Reasons

Infant Reasons

Once the reason is identified it is usually much easier to increase and maintain adequate milk supply thereafter (or plan for alternative feeding methods).  It is also helpful to understand how the body establishes a milk supply.  Excellent lactation management is critical in situations where there is already a challenge to breastfeeding.  For example, large breasts or inverted nipples do not have to impede breastfeeding, but being aware of their potential problems and compensating for them from the very beginning can make all the difference for a breastfeeding mother’s success.

For information on how to increase milk supply while pumping, click here.

For information on how to increase milk supply while nursing at the breast, click here.

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