Lack of milk in nursing mothers


About 9 out of 10 mothers who complain about a lack of milk actually think so unreasonably, focusing solely on their own feelings and behavior of the child. But these indicators are biased and are most often explained by other reasons.

According to the recommendations of the World Health Organization, the first six months of a baby’s life should be fed exclusively with breast milk and dont use fortisip, so mothers are worried whether there is enough of it, whether their child is starving, whether it is necessary to feed him with a formula.

It is necessary to learn to distinguish when the lack of milk is true (and it does not occur so often), and when it is false (the mother can “think up” this problem and perceive any anxiety and crying of the baby, like hunger in the baby). The vast majority of women have enough milk, but they are often influenced by various myths and prejudices that interfere with the development of successful breastfeeding and lead to a decrease in lactation. Here are some myths that contribute to this.

Signs of a lack of milk

The amount of expressed milk is not an indicator

The baby sucks out all the milk he needs, and he can get much more than you can express. Therefore, expressing milk after feeding does not make any sense, because the baby has already taken all the milk.

If your baby often asks for breasts, this does not mean that he is hungry.

The baby may ask for a breast when something is bothering him. And this “something” is not always hunger. Through breastfeeding, the baby communicates with the mother and calms down. Confirmation of psycho-emotional and physical contact with the mother is very important for the newborn. After birth, experiencing discomfort for any, the most insignificant reason, the baby tries to get rid of it, falling into the usual conditions. The only place where the baby after birth can feel the sensations familiar to him is at the mother’s breast – there it again becomes cramped, warm (like a mother’s tummy), and the newborn wants to get into such conditions as often as possible.

A child cannot want to eat exactly every three hours, he simply does not have a clock. In addition, breast milk is easily and quickly absorbed (in 1.5 hours). it itself contains enzymes that “process” it, in contrast to the mixture, which, in fact, takes 3 hours to digest. The baby should be fed at the request of the child in his mode.

The refusal of a baby from the breast does not mean that there is little milk in it.

A newborn may refuse to breast for many reasons, such as a stomach ache or a stuffy nose, and not because there is little milk in it or it is of poor quality. The baby may also refuse to breastfeed if he has other sucking items, such as a pacifier.

Sucking on a cam or fingers does not indicate hunger

Cam sucking is one of the innate habits of a newborn, because the child spent most of his prenatal existence sucking on his hands. The baby very often catches with her mouth, hoping to kiss her mother’s breast, and begins to suck on everything that is nearby, be it her own diaper or pens.

On control feeding, it is impossible to know if the baby has enough milk

On control feeding, the child is weighed before and after feeding and the difference is calculated. At this moment, you can only find out how much milk the baby has sucked for 1 specific feeding, but this method does not allow you to know if the baby has enough milk in general, because the baby who is fed on demand constantly sucks different portions of milk.