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Most women will have enough milk for their baby - the key is to feed responsively.
Responsive feeding is feeding baby whenever he/she wants to feed and for as long as they want, you are not spoiling him/her. It is also important to respond to your own needs eg. If your breasts feel full and uncomfortable feed your baby.
Breastfeeding is about providing comfort and warmth as well as food.
It is important to avoid strict routines, do not limit the time baby is at the breast and make sure you baby is in a good position and well attached to the breast, can you hear him/her swallow?
Night feeds are very important as the hormone Prolactin which is responsible for milk production is higher at night.
Nature has designed an inhibitory factor within breast milk, which if the breasts are not stimulated regularly and effectively, there will be an increase in the amount of factor present in your milk which reduces production. This process takes place naturally if a mother chooses not to breastfeed.
As long as your baby feeds frequently and effectively you should not need to worry about your milk supply.
If you have any concerns at any time please contact your national breastfeeding help line.
our baby will feed frequently in the early days. This is an illustration of how much milk your baby’s tummy can hold.
Many women do not produce enough milk
The vast majority of women produce more than enough milk. Most babies that gain too slowly, or lose weight, do so not because the mother does not have enough milk, but because the baby does not get the milk that the mother has. The usual reason that the baby does not get the milk that is available is that he is not properly latched onto the breast. This is why it is so important that the mother be shown how to latch a baby on properly and knows where to go for help if she is unsure.