Breast milk supply
- Hi mummies!! I am a first time mum.. My Lo is 10 days old. I have inverted flat nipples that made latching very challenging for my lo. She would struggle and cry each time I try to latch her. My nipples cracked badly and started bleeding too.. so I started using nipple shield whenever I latch her on.. Now she rejects my nipple and struggles whenever I try to latch her directly to my nipple.. :( Qnz Isit okay to let her continue using nipple shield whenever she latch? Will this decrease my milk supply? How often should I pump and how long should I pump each session? Currently I pump for about 30 mins each breast but only able to yield about 50mls in total? What can I do to increase my milk supply?
You may want to see a lactation consultant. There's a tool called inverted nipple corrector, lactation consultants maybe able to advise and help you. I used to pump 3hourly, 20-30mins each time. During the early weeks only yield 30ml. If pumpsing session coincides with feeding time, I'd just pump for 15mins after latching. It's demand and supply, your supply will regulate according to baby's needs. You can try power pumping to increase supply. Try milk boosters, but it does not work for everyone. Keep hydrated and dont be stressJSB Hema
- Hi Mummies.. I am latching my 3 months old lo on demand and pump after every session to keep my supply. However I realize that I still get about 80-100mls when I pump after each nursing session. I am a low to average supply mum so it makes me wonder if my lo is getting enough milk during breastfeeding or is she just sucking but not drinking. She can latch for more than 45 mins each session. So far, diaper output is very good. But weight gain is not very good. How else to tell if baby getting enough milk.. Please advise.. TIA 😊JSB Hema
- My milk supply for both side is uneven. Right side is 4-5oz and left side is 1oz or less than that. I have tried to nurse my LO at my right breast first than only change to left for 2 months. But until now still the same. My LO has less and less patient on my right breast. What should I do?
This is very common, and if you and your baby are comfortable, there’s no reason to try to change it. However, some moms prefer to even things out to relieve discomfort and make feeding more effective for baby. So, let us walk you though some of the causes of uneven milk supply and how to restore balance. Causes Typical Anatomic Differences. It’s very common for mothers to have different sized breasts and milk ducts. This can lead to variations in supply and breast appearance. Forceful or Weak Letdown. It’s also possible that you may have one breast with a more or less forceful letdown than the other. A forceful letdown could be overwhelming to your little one, causing them to pull away from the breast and prefer the other side. Likewise, a less forceful letdown could be frustrating to a hungry belly. To help your little one nurse on the less forceful side, do breast compressions to increase the flow while feeding. Baby’s Preference. Some babies may, quite simply, just prefer one breast over the other. It may be more comfortable to them, or just easier for them to latch. If your baby refuses one breast, ask your doctor to do a thorough physical exam to check for birth injuries or an ear infection. This discomfort could cause your little one to reject certain nursing positions or breasts. Mother’s Preference. Many moms may unknowingly prefer feeding from one breast and spend significantly more time with baby latched on that side. Some moms may prefer holding their little one with their dominant arm or having that arm free to do other things. Breast Injury or Surgery. If you’ve ever had breast surgery or an injury to your breast tissue, your supply and milk flow could be affected. If you think this is the case, consider reaching out to a Lactation Consultant to help you and your baby nurse comfortably from that side. Restoring Balance Begin feedings on the less productive smaller side. Babies tend to nurse more vigorously at the beginning of a feeding, so start with the less productive smaller side to help increase milk production. Nurse on the smaller side more often during each feeding. Nursing frequently is key to increasing and maintaining supply, so start pumping from your less productive smaller side more often. However, be sure not to neglect the larger breast. Decreasing the time you spend nursing on that side could lead to engorgement, plugged ducts or mastitis. Pump on the less productive smaller side after feedings. At the end of your normal feedings, continue to pump for a few additional minutes, and store that milk for later use. Pump in between feedings. If you can, try to add a few extra pumping sessions throughout the day, in between your normal feedings. Consider using a hands-free breastpump so you can multi-task while pumping. Use new tactics to encourage feeding on the less preferred breast. There are ways to begin to change your baby’s preferences. Start by trying new nursing positions on the less productive smaller breast, because a new position could bring added comfort to feeding on that side. Also, try offering the less preferred breast when your baby is drowsy. They may be less aware and more willing to feed on that side. Most moms will begin to notice changes in 3 to 5 days, but remember to be patient. Adjusting any behavior can take some time, so praise your little one when he or she nurses well and keep trying.Anonymous