How do I know if I have enough breast milk
Is my baby getting enough from breastfeeding?
Can I over or under feed my baby?
formulaaffect the amount of milk I produce?
These are just some of the frequently asked questions we are asked by expecting and new mums.
Some of these questions cannot be answered until the baby has arrived and breastfeeding has begun.
The amount of breast milk produced is dependant on several things, including hormones, feeding frequency/duration, time of the day and of course the baby. Because we cannot see how much milk our breasts hold/produce we can never know how much there is. This can be very hard for new parents to understand. In hospital the baby's weight will be checked and feeds regularly documented. We tend to focus on
Often we hear our friends or mothers/sisters say that they didn't produce enough breast milk or their baby was too hungry or that the milk dried up. In
There are several processes that your body undertakes in order to produce milk. The first one is delivery of the placenta either by vaginal delivery or c-section, this in turn creates a hormonal
During this time it is best to allow unrestricted access to your breasts to allow your milk production its best chance. Throughout this time your baby may feed every 1-4 hours. They are regulating their appetite. Do not restrict the time that the baby is at the breast or try to establish a 'routine' or strict feeding regime during this time, just allow baby to feed regularly in turn giving you a great milk supply!
After the hormonal response has settled, generally around the 2-3 week mark, your body makes milk according to what is removed at the feed prior. Supply = Demand. At this time some women feel their milk supply is inadequate as baby tends to feed longer and more often, but this is just the body self regulating and producing according to baby's appetite.
Pumping in the early days will increase supply. This can be both good and bad. Good in the fact that
Other factors to be mindful of:
- 6-8 heavy wet nappies a day
frequentloose yellow bowel actions (1-8 times a day!) Colourstarts as black ( meconium), then greenish (transitional), then yellow. Can be very watery. This is normal newborn, breastfed bowel actions. It is not diarrhoeaor lactose intolerance. happy, content baby between feeds feedsfrequently 6-12 times in 24 hours
There are several key factors to ensure a successful breastfeeding relationship.
- Lots of rest/sleep
eatingwell, keeping hydrated supply= demand frequentbreastfeeding in the early days = good supply. Better to have too much than not enough correctpositioning and attachment
As a Board Certified Lactation Consultant
The complimentary feeds of artificial baby milk are often commenced in hospital or shortly after leaving
Just one bottle of formula, even just 5
Understandably breastfeeding is confusing and can be difficult, Adelaide Lactation Consultants can assist you to ensure you give