Monitoring breast milk supply can be a full time job. Many breastfeeding mothers track how long a feeding lasted, how long the baby was on each breast, how long the baby slept after, and how many wet or poopy diapers the baby produced. It may be a lot of information, but it's all very important and helpful for a mom trying to determine if she has adequate supply or not. If a nursing mom isn't producing optimally she may question how to make more milk.
As you know, everything moms do and ingest has an impact on their bodies and functions, including breastfeeding. What a mother is doing (or not doing) in her lifestyle may be having an effect on her milk supply. Part of figuring out the issue is trying different techniques to stimulate the production of more milk. It's important to note that sometimes there are certain medical factors that make producing more milk difficult or completely impossible. According to Le Leche League International (LLLI) if a woman has any type of breast injury or breast surgery prior to breastfeeding, her ability to breastfeed may be impacted. This is not only related to breast augmentation or implants.
As a teenager, I had a breast biopsy because my doctors were worried about a liquid that was leaking from my nipples. In the end, it was non-cancerous fluid and most likely caused by the birth control I was using. Years later, as a new mom, I experienced challenges in breastfeeding. My doctors explained that a milk duct may have been damaged during my surgery, which was possibly impacting my supply.
Medical trauma to a breast doesn't automatically inhibit one's ability to breastfeed. It may simply mean making adjustments in order to sustain an adequate supply. Regardless of why it's happening, one of the best ways to determine if you have low supply is by trying to increase it and observing what happens. Here are eight ways to try to make more milk.