I know this may be a silly question, but, is there always milk in the breast? I ask because my baby kept pulling on my breasts today as if she wasn't getting enough. Earlier, I had pumped an hour prior because she fell asleep and wanted to keep up milk production. So I thought "maybe I depleted all my milk" by pumping so when she was ready to go to the breast I didn't have enough to satisfy her. Could that happen? IAnswer Question
Asked by Anonymous at 8:50 PM on Mar. 24, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)
Answer by AK_aries at 8:51 PM on Mar. 24, 2009
Answer by tash2texas at 8:58 PM on Mar. 24, 2009
Yes, your breasts are always producing milk and are never empty. Check out the article "How Mother's Milk is Made" at http://llli.org/llleaderweb/LV/LVJunJul01p54.html
"The emptier the breast is, the faster it tries to refill - similar to an automatic icemaker. Hartmann says the rate of milk synthesis in women ranges from 11 to 58 ml/hour/breast, or about 1/3 of an ounce to 2 ounces per breast per hour. Emptier breasts make milk faster than fuller ones. When milk is regularly and thoroughly removed from the breast, milk synthesis is unrestricted."
Answer by maggiemom2000 at 9:03 PM on Mar. 24, 2009
Answer by musicpisces at 2:23 AM on Mar. 25, 2009
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