Common Misconceptions About Breast Milk Supply

Breastfeeding Questions: Do I Have Low Breast Milk Supply?

New mothers often pay close attention to how their child is nursing and may encounter some of the following conditions and mistake them for a diminishing breast milk supply.  Most breast milk supply concerns fall into one of two categories: concern for your baby or concern for your breasts.

Baby factors:

  • Your baby seems hungry sooner than expected – Adjust your expectations and make a chart of feeding times to ease your worries
  • Breastfeeding sessions occur more often and last longer – This is a normal occurrence during a growth spurt
  • Breastfeeding session suddenly gets shorter – Babies become more efficient at nursing as they gain more practice
  • Your baby is fussy – Almost all babies no master how much they are fed go through fussy periods.

Mother factors:

  • Breasts feel softer – This is normal after three or four weeks as your body’s breast milk production meets your baby’s needs.
  • Breasts cease leaking – Some mothers never incur leaky nipples while others find that leaking nipples only happens during the first stages of breastfeeding.
  • Breast milk release or let down is not felt – There are occasions when you may not feel your breasts let down even when it happens.
  • You are unable to express quantities of breast milk – Expressing breast milk is a learned skill and not a test of your breast milk supply.

As you continue to breastfeed you and your baby will develop a rapport and begin understanding one another.  Generally as long as they are satiated after nursing your breast milk supply is just fine and you are doing very well as a breastfeeding mom.

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