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Signs of Low Milk Supply

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

🤱 Unlocking the Clues: Recognizing Signs of Low Milk Supply and Taking Action! 🚀

Are you wondering if your milk supply is meeting your baby's needs? Here are key signs to watch for and steps to take:

1️⃣ Weight Gain Woes:

  • Monitor your baby's weight gain patterns. While a slight loss in the first days is normal, they should regain their birth weight by 10-14 days and continue gaining 5-7oz weekly for the first 4 months.

2️⃣ Diaper Dialogue:

  • Pay attention to your baby's "output." By day 5, they should have 6 or more wet diapers and 3 or more poopy diapers (anything larger than a quarter counts). A breastfed infant may poop less, but the consistency should be soft and slightly runny.

3️⃣ Post-Feeding Fullness:

  • Assess your breasts after a feeding. If they still feel full, it may indicate that milk isn't being effectively removed. A soft breast post-feeding is a positive sign.

4️⃣ Relaxation Check:

  • Observe your baby's demeanor after feeding. A relaxed state with calm eyes, hands, and forehead is a good indicator. Falling asleep at the end of a feeding is normal.

5️⃣ Silent Swallows:

  • Pay attention to your baby's swallowing. While not always loud, it should be noticeable. Listen carefully after several sucks, especially during pauses.

Concerns about Your Milk Supply? Here's What to Do:

🌟 Contact an IBCLC Immediately!

  • If you have any concerns about your milk supply, reach out to an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) without delay. We specialize in identifying low supply and its causes.

🔍 Personalized Support and Action Plan:

  • Together, we can create a personalized plan to boost your milk supply and ensure your infant is well-nourished. Your breastfeeding journey is unique, and our support is tailored just for you.

Ready to address your concerns and optimize your breastfeeding experience? Reach out to our IBCLC today!

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