If you are breastfeeding, you have probably heard about moms who've had to deal with a low milk supply and those who have an oversupply. But what if you struggle with both? Sometimes you have plenty of milk, and other times it seems as though you barely have enough. So why does milk supply fluctuate?
Breast milk is created on a supply and demand basis, but it is also regulated by your hormones. You may not realize it, but certain things you do, eat, and experience on a daily basis can affect your hormones, which in turn, affects the amount of milk your body creates.
The span of time in which you breastfeed your infant coincides with some of the greatest hormonal fluctuations of your life. Most new mothers typically begin to breastfeed immediately after giving birth. If you continue to do so for an extended amount of time, you will likely experience weight changes, the return of your period, and maybe even another pregnancy, all of which can wreak havoc on your hormones. It isn't uncommon for milk supply to increase or decrease depending on what is going on in your life.
Here are some other reasons why your breast milk supply may be fluctuating.