We got so many wonderful questions during our Facebook Live about Breastfeeding Struggles that we wanted to share some of the questions and answers with you. Be sure to let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below!
Is my milk nutritious enough for my baby?
Yes! Your body will always make milk that is designed to be just right for your baby’s needs. If you're worried about the amount of nutrition your baby is getting, just remember the best way to gauge your baby’s milk intake is the number of wet or soiled diapers in a day.
My baby doesn’t seem to be satisfied after nursing, am I not making enough milk?
There’s no “right answer” to this question. Your baby might not be latching well, you may have a low supply, or it could be an issue with a tongue or lip tie. The best way to find out what’s going on is to find an IBCLC near you to get a consultation.
How can I increase my milk production?
If you’ve already touched base with an IBCLC to rule out medical reasons for a low milk supply, you can try “power pumping.” Pump for 10 minutes three times in an hour, with a 10-minute break between each pumping session. This method of pumping helps simulate your baby’s initial latch in each feeding, which stimulates your nipple and “tricks” your body into thinking your baby needs to nurse again.
I’ve tried pumping, but I’m not getting much. What can I do?
Try looking at videos and pictures of your baby while you’re pumping; the added audio and visual stimulation can help your body produce the hormones it needs to boost your supply. You can also do “hands-on pumping” where you massage the areas of fullness in your breasts while you pump. You can also try hand expressing after you’ve finished pumping to ensure you’ve emptied your breasts. If you’ve tried these suggestions and you still feel like you’re not pumping much milk, reach out to a lactation consultant near you.
What can I do about an overactive letdown?
The biggest struggle of an oversupply is finding a position for your baby to nurse well. You can try breastfeeding while babywearing, side-lying, or leaning back and placing your baby on top of your torso to nurse. If those positions don’t work for you, you can try having a cup or bottle handy when you begin each nursing session. Have your baby latch on, and when you feel your milk let down, break your baby’s latch and catch the foremilk in the cup or bottle. After this initial letdown has slowed, let your baby latch on again and continue nursing.