Could you be lacking in the breast milk department?
2 weeks ago, I got so worried about my breast milk supply. Baby didn’t seem to be complaining but I just felt like my supply wasn’t what it should be. I was used to having my breast full and thick. Dripping even. When I pumped, I easily got 100ml in minutes, just like that. But 2 weeks ago, I woke up to flabby breasts. Try as I could, I couldn’t get them to be as full as I was used to
Lots of women fret this way about their milk supply. Even when there shouldn’t be cause for alarm. If your baby is gaining weight well on breast milk alone, then you do not have a problem with milk supply. It’s important to note that the feel of the breast, the behavior of your baby, the frequency of nursing, the sensation of let-down, or the amount you pump ARE NOT valid ways to determine if you have enough milk for your baby.
We sometimes take these below to mean that our milk supply has decreased
- When she stays longer than normal at the breast
- When she feed more frequently than she usually does.
- When the baby is fussier than she normally is
- When our breasts don’t drip or leak milk the way they used to
- You don’t feel that ‘let down’ sensation you usually feel which indicates that milk has surged into your breasts
- You don’t get a full bottle, like you used to, when you pump milk
These indications above DO NOT MEAN THAT YOUR MILK SUPPLY HAS DIMINISHED. These changes could be as a result of changes in your baby. As she grows, she masters more the art of breast feeding and so does not necessarily need to stay long sucking as she used to. So many things can cause fussiness apart from hunger so you might want to check that out. Once your milk supply has adjusted to your baby’s needs, your breasts will not drip as they used to and you might not pump a full bottle at a time.
The ONLY CLEAR indication that you are producing enough milk to satisfy your baby is if your baby isn’t gaining weight like she should for her age.
So stop worrying that pretty head of yours. Your bundle of joy is absolutely fine; flabby, non-dripping breasts notwithstanding.