At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we encourage our new High Desert mothers to attempt to breastfeed. Breastfeeding is the ideal feeding option for you and your baby, as breast milk is incredibly nutritious and beneficial. The body begins preparing to breastfeed during pregnancy, and many women consider this to be a bonding experience after they have given birth. However, some Apple Valley women may suffer from a low milk supply after pregnancy. A low supply can be frustrating, but it is a problem that can usually be solved. It is important to rely on your OBGYN and lactation consultant, who can provide you with the resources you need in order to enjoy a successful nursing experience.
What is Low Milk Supply?
Low milk supply is a concern of most mothers, especially when they begin breastfeeding. In the initial weeks, a woman’s breasts may feel full and engorged, and as soon as their breasts become soft they start to worry that their milk supply is low. The fact of the matter is, the breasts have adjusted to the baby’s needs and are making the exact amount of milk that it needs. However, low milk supply is an issue for some mothers, but in most cases it can be corrected. A low milk supply is a serious issue because it can leave the baby malnourished. Any mother who is concerned about her supply should reach out for help and support.
What Causes Low Milk Supply?
Low milk supply can be caused by a variety of different factors. In some cases, the milk supply diminishes because the mother is not nursing often enough. Illness or medication can impact supply. Hormonal disorders also can result in a low milk supply. In many cases, a low milk supply is caused by an improper latch or nursing technique.
How Can I Improve My Milk Supply?
Work with a lactation consultant in order to be sure that your baby has a good latch. You also can nurse your baby more frequently, and pump in between feedings in order to stimulate more milk production.
If you have any concerns about your milk supply while you are nursing, then you should contact Dr. Ahmadinia. We can provide you with the resources and help that you need to determine if you do, in fact, have a low supply, and what can be done in order to improve your milk supply. We support all of our mothers, and we want you to be able to breastfeed your baby if you so choose. Please contact us in order to set up an appointment if you are having any difficulties while nursing, or if you simply need extra support.