If you were determined to be the best breastfeeding mom ever, it can be heartbreaking to find that you aren't producing as much milk as your baby needs. Sometimes supply issues are easy to address, but they could also be caused by undiagnosed medical conditions. This is the time to talk to your doctor and research what to do if you have low milk supply.
As lactation consultant Diana Cassar-Uhl tells Kelly Mom, not all moms who think that they aren't producing enough milk actually have low supply. Perceived low milk production, also called perceived insufficient milk, is when a mom who is producing enough milk for her baby, believes she has low supply because she misreads normal newborn behaviors as hunger or dissatisfaction at the breast.
Grandparents or spouses who don't understand a baby's need to nurse regularly can also undermine a new mom's attempt at establishing a solid milk supply. Insisting that a mom supplement with formula because the baby still looks hungry, or expecting a breastfed baby to go as long between feedings as formula-fed babies can make a new mom question her supply, as well.
One good way to determine if a baby is getting enough milk is to look at her diapers. A well-fed baby should have four to six wet diapers a day by the fourth day after birth, according to Dr. Sears.
If you still have that nagging feeling that you should be producing more milk than you are, here are some ways to increase supply.