Breastfeeding isn’t easy. In fact, it can be one of the most stressful parts of having a new baby. What if the baby doesn’t latch on immediately? How will I know when the baby wants to eat? How will I know when my milk comes in? These are all valid questions that go through the minds of first time mothers and even veteran mothers.
One of the biggest concerns for new mothers in regards to breastfeeding is what if I am not producing enough milk? There are many causes of low milk production and we’ve included them below so you can be aware.
- Breastfeeding too infrequently. Don’t put too much time between feedings. That means including feedings during the night!
- Waiting too long before initiating breastfeeding after birth. Babies have a natural instinct to latch on if skin-to-skin contact is achieved immediately after birth.
- Medicines that have pseudoephedrine can lessen your milk so supply so keep a close eye on medication labels and avoid any containing pseudoephedrine if possible.
- If you have had a breast surgery in the past that can also be a good indicator of why your milk supply is not sufficient. Don’t stress though; many women who have breast surgeries, whether it was for cosmetic or medical reasons, breastfeed just fine.
- Smoking cigarettes and drinking heavily can also decrease your milk production. No nicotine and limit your alcohol intake.
- If you can afford to wait, then keep the pacifiers away. If you are not using a pacifier in between feedings, they will become more regular and keep your milk supply at adequate level.
Want to know another great way to make more milk? Pump, pump, pump! If you keep your breasts empty, they will continue to make milk. If they remain engorged, your body will have a natural reaction to stop producing milk. Breast pumping can also help when your little one isn’t available to feed. Plus, it helps tremendously to have an extra supply of milk in the fridge for your partner to help feed when you need to run some errands or when you and your hubby need that date night.
Under the Affordable Care Act, you could be eligible for a free breast pump through insurance. You heard that right! Your free Medela or Ameda breast pump could ship right to your front door in just a matter of days. Our Qualify Through Insurance form is the best place to start. Aeroflow Breastpump’s dedicated team of Breastpump Specialists are waiting to verify your insurance benefits and help you choose the perfect pump for you and your family. You can also reach us at (844)867-9890. We look forward to assisting you!