Reasons for Low Milk Supply During Breastfeeding

Reasons for Low Milk Supply During Breastfeeding

Jul 03, 2024

Bringing a new life into the world is an incredible journey, but it can also come with its fair share of challenges, especially when it comes to breastfeeding. One of the most common concerns new moms face is low milk supply. If you're struggling with this issue, know that you're not alone, and there are ways to address it.

In this blog post, we'll delve into the various reasons that can contribute to low milk supply, empowering you with the knowledge to overcome this hurdle and provide the nourishment your little one needs.

Identify the Root Cause Issue

There are so many reasons a mom can struggle with low milk supply and addressing the root cause reason first is crucial, so that mom is implementing the correct strategy. 

Insufficient Breast Stimulation and Milk Removal

Breast milk production is a supply-and-demand process. When your baby effectively removes milk from your breasts, it signals your body to produce more. However, if your baby isn't nursing frequently enough or if there are issues with latch or positioning, it can lead to inadequate breast stimulation and milk removal, ultimately affecting your supply. Also, not changing pump parts frequently enough or using the incorrect flange size can lead to a pumping mom not removing adequate milk. 

Hormonal Imbalances or Medical Conditions

Hormones play a crucial role in milk production. Conditions like excessive blood loss after birth (hemorrhage), insufficient glandular tissue, thyroid disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), or certain medications can interfere with the delicate hormonal balance required for optimal milk supply. Focusing on regulating blood sugar and these hormones can help moms protect milk supply in cases of thyroid disorders & PCOS. 

Poor Nutrition

Not eating enough calories, dieting or restricting food groups can lead to a decrease in milk supply. In order for your body to maintain a good milk supply, it needs to be adequately nourished. Your calorie and nutrient needs vary based on how many months postpartum you are, how much milk you produce, current weight and how active you are. 


Stress & Fatigue

The postpartum period can be incredibly demanding, both physically and emotionally. High levels of stress, coupled with exhaustion and sleep deprivation can take a toll on your milk production. Taking care of yourself, managing stress, and maintaining a balanced diet are essential for supporting your breastfeeding journey.

Improper Latch or Positioning

A proper latch and positioning during feedings are vital for effective milk removal and stimulation. If your baby isn't latching correctly or if the positioning is incorrect, it can lead to insufficient milk removal and, consequently, a decrease in supply.

If you're experiencing a low milk supply, don't panic. Working closely with a lactation consultant can provide you with personalized guidance and strategies to address the underlying cause. Remember, every breastfeeding journey is unique, and with the right support and determination, you can overcome this challenge.

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Hey mama,

I'm Brooke Miller,

Before becoming a mom, I chronically dieted & thought "eat less, move more" was the healthiest option. I dealt with exhaustion, mood swings, hormone imbalances (not getting a regular cycle), high cholesterol and weight cycling. I felt like something was wrong with me.

Before I got pregnant with my first son, I discovered the balanced nutrition approach I teach inside The Postpartum Shift. Once I implemented the framework, I was energized, gained strength, got my period back, lowered my cholesterol & maintained my healthiest weight. I continued this during my pregnancies & postpartum periods and recovered quickly after birth, made more than enough milk for my babies, had energy (even with the sleep deprivation) & stable mood. Postpartum was really enjoyable.

With a decade of experience as a Registered Dietitian and Certified Lactation Counselor, I created The Postpartum Shift to help moms boost energy, mood, metabolism & milk supply to have a stress-free & enjoyable postpartum experience.



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