Posts by Leesa

Making milk

Posted in Breastfeeding Information

Breasts make more milk when milk is removed effectively and more often.  This is the basic principle behind making plenty of milk for your baby.  In most cases a mother’s breasts will continue to make plenty of milk when feeds are comfortable by feeding according to their baby’s cues and their baby does big suck swallows at the breast....

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Knowing my baby is getting plenty of milk

Posted in Breastfeeding Information

Many mothers say one of the challenges of breastfeeding is knowing how much milk their baby is getting each feed.  When we, as a culture, have been exposed to bottle feeding, mothers find it difficult to trust other ways of recognising their baby is doing well.  There are several ways mothers can be confident they are providing plenty of milk for...

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Reasons for low supply

Posted in Breastfeeding Information

Studies have shown that not making enough milk is one of the most common reasons mothers stop breastfeeding before they would have liked.  These mums are either not making enough milk to meet their baby’s needs or perceive they aren’t.  These are two very different scenarios. There are many possible reasons for mothers who have an identified low...

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Perceived low milk supply

Posted in Breastfeeding Information

Many parents are unaware of what ‘normal or typical’ newborn feeding and sleep patterns are and when their baby wants to feed more frequently than 3 or 4 hourly they come to the conclusion that the baby isn’t getting enough milk or the mother isn’t producing enough milk.  Human babies are meant to wake and feed often because: Breast...

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Making more milk (increasing supply)

Posted in Breastfeeding Information

If a mother has identified a low milk supply and that her baby is not receiving enough milk to meet their needs (refer to knowing my baby is getting plenty of milk), there are a number of strategies she can use to improve the situation.  Referring to reasons for low supply may help to identify the cause of low milk production. If you are...

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