Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Day 30: What If I'm Still Struggling With My Supply? {31 Days of Making More Milk}

In our day and age, there are many factors that can affect milk supply. If you are still struggling with your supply, know this: any amount of breastmilk will benefit your baby, and some is better than none! I highly recommend The Breastfeeding Mother's Guide to Making More Milk by Dana West and Lisa Marasco, as well as working with a knowledgeable board-certified lactation consultant as soon as possible. (learn about finding an LC here)

With the right support, most women can overcome these challenges.

In mother:
  • Medical interventions, including Pitocin and IV fluids
  • Hormone imbalances, including underactive thyroid. A thorough thyroid screening is a must for a mom with chronic low supply that is unresponsive to other treatments.
  • Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
  • PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and fibrocystic breasts
  • Anemia 
  • Eating disorders 
  • Hypoplasia (insufficient glandular tissue in breast) 
  • Long separation after birth 
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (There has been success supplementing with Calcium and Magnesium!) 
In baby:
  • Poor latch
  • Weak suck
  • Tongue-tie or lip-tie (tight or short frenulum/frenum) 
  • Nipple preference 
  • Mismatched size of baby’s mouth to mother’s nipple or areola 
  • Baby suppressing milk supply by under-drinking due to strong flow, overactive let-down, indigestion or heartburn
  • Incompetent feeding practices at hospital, undermining mom’s efforts
  • Inexperienced or uneducated lactation consultants (make sure your LC is an IBCLC. You may need to see more than one. I saw five!)

Most of all, be encouraged! According to lactation consultant and Mother Food author Hilary Jacobson, “The good news is that these problems can almost always be resolved with time, guidance, and in some cases, specific therapy or training for the baby.”

Mother Food by Hilary Jacobson 

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This is the thirtieth post in the series 31 Days of Making More Milk. Check out yesterday's post for a smoothie recipe or start from the beginning here


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