Some health reasons why you may not be producing as much breast milk as you should

Updated: Mar 18

For most mums, breast milk supply will increase over time as you continue to stimulate your breasts through continued pumping or suckling.

However, if you are finding it more challenging than usual, it may be health-related or experiencing issues that may require health professionals to assist you in overcoming.

Here are several reasons why:

  • You had a cesarean delivery.

  • You are obese.

  • You have a thyroid condition.

  • Pregnancy-induced high blood pressure

  • Poorly controlled insulin-dependent diabetes

  • Premature birth - especially if your baby was separated from you right after childbirth.

  • You have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

  • You fell sick from an infection that includes fever symptoms.

  • Trauma during birth or postpartum hemorrhage.

Remember that it is absolutely fine to seek help from a health professional, like your gynecologist for advice or a lactation specialist to clear your doubts.

Communicating is important so you don’t feel alone waiting when you have stressful questions burning up your mind. While these issues may seem daunting, a solution may just be a few questions away from solving.

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