If you're new to breastfeeding, then it's only natural to have a million questions about the whole process. For instance, how do you know the signs that you don't have a low milk supply? Plenty of breastfeeding newbies wonder about supply from time to time.
For starters, it's important to remember that most breastfeeding people do produce an adequate supply.
"Many people think they have low milk supply, when in fact they have a normal supply," Briana Violand, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) with Northcoast Lactation & Sleep Services, LLC, tells Romper.
Still, if you're concerned about milk supply, then definitely reach out to health experts for help.
"Please see your baby’s pediatrician or IBCLC if you have any doubt about breastfeeding and/or if your baby is not gaining weight appropriately," says Violand. It's even a good idea to have a similar meeting prenatally. Health conditions such as truly inverted nipples, insufficient glandular tissue in the breasts, breast surgeries, spinal cord injuries, and possible hormonal issues can lead to milk supply problems, as Violand further explains.
Plus, even if you do wind up having milk supply issues, many breastfeeding options are still available.
"Breastfeeding doesn't have to be all or nothing," Danielle Downs Spradlin, IBCLC and CLC with Oasis Lactation Services, tells Romper. Spradlin is also a licensed Neonatal Oral-Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training (BRMT) professional.
"Parents can learn techniques, work with their healthcare team, and learn safe supplementation strategies if needed," Spradlin adds. Supplementation, human donor milk, and even dry nursing are options for many families, she explains.