Dallas, Madison, Polk and Warren Counties in Iowa
Most moms produce as much breast milk as their babies need. If you aren’t making enough, there are ways you can build your supply.
Breastfeeding frequently, especially in the first hours, days, and weeks, is the main way to increase your milk supply.
Pregnancy: It is important to begin learning about breastfeeding before baby arrives.
After delivery: The early days of breastfeeding set the stage for success.
The first month and beyond: Focus on lots of breastfeeding practice and bonding with your baby.
Breast milk production is based on “supply and demand”. The more milk baby demands by eating at the breast, the more supply (more milk) your breasts will make.
Latching your baby to your breast every time she is showing signs of hunger is the best way to make the perfect amount of milk to meet your baby’s needs.
In general, most moms make enough milk to meet their baby’s needs, however some moms do struggle with milk supply and may need to take extra steps to increase their supply.
Tips for Increasing Milk Supply
Empty breasts frequently and completely
Keep Mom healthy
Consider using a breast pump
Oversupply is when you make TOO much breastmilk. While this sounds like a good thing, it can cause issues for mom and baby.
Oversupply can be uncomfortable for mom and can lead to recurrent plugged ducts and mastitis. This can sometimes lead to a strong, fast let down (when the milk starts to flow) and sometimes baby can struggle to cope with the strong, fast flow of milk.
Signs of oversupply
Helping your baby deal with fast milk flow
If you are concerned that you have oversupply