Reasons for Low Breastmilk Supply

Breastfeeding mothers may experience frustration when it comes to their breastmilk supply, especially if they are not producing enough.  

Perceived low breastmilk supply is one of the reasons for mothers to discontinue the practice. A 2015 study noted that 63% of women who had weaned early had done so during the first week of breastfeeding.  

Early weaning has effects on both the mother and child. A study noted that babies who were never breastfed or weaned early have a higher risk of diarrhea, lower respiratory tract infection, sudden infant death syndrome, type 1 diabetes, and leukemia.  

Meanwhile, mothers who stopped breastfeeding early may have a higher risk of breast and ovarian cancer, myocardial infections, hypertension, and diabetes.  


Reasons Behind Low Breastmilk Supply  

Several factors can affect your breastmilk supply can such as:  

  • Latching problems: your baby might not be latching properly, which could cause them to not drain your breast during feeds. Milk left in your breast can cause infections and clogged ducts.  
  • Returning to work: emotional factors such as stress could play a part in your breastmilk production. returning to work might cause your stress levels to change, which could affect your breastmilk supply. Your schedule might also hinder your time to pump and feeding time with your baby.  
  • Hormonal changes: your period might disrupt your breastmilk supply.  
  • More food options for your baby: your baby may become less interested in your breastmilk. It can happen if they have been introduced to solid foods.  
  • Illness or certain medications  
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol  


Can You Increase Your Breastmilk Supply?  

It is possible to increase your breastmilk supply by:  

  • Trying to breastfeed more often  
  • Maintaining a healthy diet  
  • Breastfeed from both sides  
  • Pump between feedings  


It might also help to seek the help of a healthcare provider or attend counseling sessions for breastfeeding mothers.  



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