Is my baby hungry?
How many times do I feed her?
What if I ‘over-feed’ her? What if I feed her less? Or worse, what if I don’t produce enough milk for my baby?
These are the questions every new mother has.
Breastfeedingis a worrisome and complicated task for all new mothers.
Mothers often think that their milk supply is low when it isn’t. The more the baby breastfeeds, the more milk is produced by the breasts. So, the mothers need not worry about the amount of breastmilk produced by their body. But, some actions of the mothers can lead to hypogalactia (a decreased or insufficient production of the breastmilk).
The following are some of the actions that can cause hypogalactia:
Less frequency of breastfeeding:
Because the breastmilk is produced as it is consumed, lesser times of feeding can cause hypogalactia.
Using formula milk:
Previous breast surgery:
It is a condition in which a woman's breast tissue -becomes inflamed, painful or develops a hard lump which leads to a plugged duct.
Using oral contraceptives:
The milk production is significantly reduced in the mothers who take birth control pills that contain estrogen.
Oxytocin is a hormone that is responsible for the release of breastmilk from the inside of the breasts and out of the body into your baby's mouth.
Taking certain medications:
Less than five percent of mothers have reduced or there is no milk production due to a medical condition.