Everything You Need To Know About Your Milk Supply

  1. Pumping is Futile

Going back to work after having a baby can be stressful, then add pumping milk every couple of hours and it seems impossible to stay on top of everything.

Stress can affect milk supply, which can lessen the amount of milk that we are able to extract.

Also, when pumping, all the natural elements that cause our milk to be let down are not present.

Looking at a picture of your baby while pumping can help you pump more, and keeping the same schedule your nursing baby has at home helps as well.

However, don’t be worried if you can only extract two ounces of milk per breast when pumping, thinking your baby should be getting more; chances are you’re providing the perfect amount.

If your baby is not having adequate wet diapers and they are not gaining weight, there are things that can be done to give a turbo boost to the ducts.

First things first, contacting a lactation professional, such as a representative from the Le Leche League, can give you an idea of where you should start, and if you even have a problem at all.

Pumping an hour or so after nursing will help empty the breasts, refilling them with more and at a quicker pace.

Also, holding back on giving your baby a pacifier can ensure that they are coming to you every time they get the need to suck, simultaneously increasing milk production.

Check with your pediatrician to make sure that there is no medical problem that is limiting your child from getting adequate nutrition, such as tongue tie, as Mommy Underground has previously reported.

Nursing accessories like a nipple guard may make your baby nurse easier, but it can decrease production by not stimulating the nipple effectively and should be used with caution.

Most moms are nursing their babies just fine and often worry for no reason. Hopefully, you can sleep a little deeper tonight knowing your baby is not starving.

Keep your precious little guy close, and be available for when they have the urge to suck and you will soar through the glorious breastfeeding months with ease.

Please let us know in the comments section if you have a way to make sure your little one is getting all they need.