Are you concerned you’re not producing enough milk for your baby? Worrying about your milk supply can be hard, stressful and draining, both physically and emotionally. 

Low supply is a breastfeeding challenge that mums typically encounter during the first few weeks with their little one. While studies show it affects around 10% to 15% of mothersmany lactation consultants report it’s one of the biggest reasons they receive calls for help.

So, let’s go straight to the experts. We had the pleasure of chatting with Courtney Garland, CEO and Founder of Mama Linc. This is a supportive online platform connecting mamas with accessible expert breastfeeding advice). 

With over 10 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse, Lactation Consultant and Sleep Consultant (and a mama herself) Courtney shares her insights about breastfeeding and how mamas can identify and navigate low supply.

What is low supply?

In a nutshell, your milk supply can be considered ‘low’ if there isn’t enough milk produced to meet your baby’s growth needs. 

But, Courtney is quick to point out that many new mamas aren’t equipped with the knowledge they need to understand baby behaviour. In many cases, we doubt our own milk supply when what we’re experiencing is totally normal. 

Some of these normal behaviours that can get confused with low supply include:

“I feel like society has really let new mums down because we don’t teach breastfeeding prenatally. If we were teaching breastfeeding before birth it would give mums more confidence and comfortability with their breasts from the beginning,” explains Courtney. 

What are the signs of low supply?

But, low supply can happen. So, what signs should you be keeping an eye out for?

On the flip side, here’s what signs indicate your baby is getting enough milk:

Five practical strategies to navigate low supply

Even if you are navigating low supply, there are simple steps you can take to address it, including:

When to seek further support

If you’re unsure if your baby is getting enough milk or you’re concerned about your little one’s growth, Courtney recommends reaching out to your medical provider or a Lactation Consultant. They’ll be able to assess what’s going on and point you in the right direction of what to do next. 

Need some extra support along your breastfeeding journey? We’ve got you, mama. Our Lactamo massage ball is here to help with breastfeeding.

This blog post was reposted with permission from Lactamo.

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