Problem: Low Milk Supply

Low milk supply is a problem many women complain about right before they give up on breastfeeding. There are several reasons that people experience a low milk supply. Sometimes previous breast surgery affects milk production. Factors such as premature birth, maternal obesity and insulin-dependent diabetes can also affect how much milk you make.

Solution: Increase Milk Supply 

  • Breastfeed as soon as possible. Waiting too long to start breastfeeding can contribute to a low milk supply. Hold your baby skin to skin right after birth, and your baby will likely breastfeed within the first hour after delivery.
  • Breastfeed often. For the first few weeks, breastfeed your baby at least every two to three hours around the clock.
  • Be alert to feeding problems. It’s OK for your baby to nurse on only one breast at a feeding, but if this  happens regularly, your milk supply will decrease. Pump the other breast to relieve pressure and protect your milk supply until your baby begins taking in more at each feeding.
  • Don’t skip breastfeeding sessions. If you spend time away from your baby or choose to use formula, pump your breasts to help protect your milk supply.
  • Hold off on the pacifier. If you choose to give your baby a pacifier, consider waiting until four to six weeks after birth. This will give you time to settle into a regular nursing routine and establish your milk supply.
  • Use medications with caution. Certain medications decrease milk supply, including those contain pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Zyrtec D, others). Your health care provider might also caution against certain types of hormonal contraception, at least until breastfeeding is firmly established.
  • Avoid alcohol and nicotine. Drinking moderate to heavy amounts of alcohol can decrease milk production. Smoking can have the same effect.

Maintaining your milk supply during breastfeeding is important for your baby’s health and growth. If you’re concerned about your milk supply or your baby’s feedings, talk to your doctor, your baby’s doctor or a lactation consultant.

Hey DFTM Fam–There are many other challenges that women encounter while breastfeeding. What problems did you experience?  If you have more questions please do not hesitate to Ask Dr. Renee.


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About The Author

Dr. Renee is a medical doctor living in Chicago. She writes about all things that contribute to a happy, healty life. She loves supplying mothers with the tools they need to receive the best medical health. When not writing for DFTM, Dr. Renee is a contributing writer for Ebony Magazine,, and She is also a sought after speaker for various health organizations and schools. in addition to writing about health, Dr. Renee conducts speaking engagements on social media, branding and becoming an entrepreneur. She also blogs at Ask Dr. Renee.

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