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Wondering why My breasts are not producing milk

my son is 6 days old and i put him on the breast every 2-3 hours. i also pump. He is not satified with the amount of milk that i have produced, nor am i, when i see the results after i have pumped. My breast do not feel full and i have yet to feel the let down feeling when its time for him to feed.. please help I really dont want to have to feed him formula continuously..

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LVNJEN

Asked by LVNJEN at 7:20 PM on Oct. 5, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Unfortunately some women just don't produce enough milk. Just keep trying. Your milk should come in after 2 - 3 days, but be assured that he is getting the cholestrum that he needs right now... Try to feed him as much breastmilk as you can but you may have to substitue formula if it just doesn't come... you can also contact your health provider and ask about a breastfeeding nurse that will come to your house to help.
    chapina69

    Answer by chapina69 at 7:22 PM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • Well lets see if I can help, never base your supply on pumping or even on if your child "seems". satisfied. Newborns act as though you are starving them all the time and nurse nurse nurse because the BM is so easily digested AND because they are trying to get your supply where it needs to being said, the formula is only making matter worse. Every ounce is cutting back on the amount he needs to nurse, even if its after nursing formula stays in the belly longer and cuts back on nursing. Formula also stretches tummies so they feel that they need more food than you can make naturally. STOP all formula for 24 hours, count diapers, 6-8 a day wet or messy, and even barely either and your supply is fine.
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 7:26 PM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • WHAT YOU PUMP IS NOT AN INDICATOR OF THE AMOUNT OF MILK BABY IS GETTING! STOP ANY AND ALL FORMULA! By using formula you are setting yourself up for failure. The more times baby is not put to the breast the less signals your body is receiving to make milk.  Baby's stomach is the size of a marble when they are born. They do not require an immense amount of food. What you make is PERFECT, no more no less. Expect baby to constantly be at the breast. Breastmilk works on a demand = supply principal. The more baby nurses the more you produce. Trust your body!! Baby will make sure he / she is getting enough.  Get rid of the notion that you are not producing enough.  Check the diapers and trust baby and you.

    mama_l

    Answer by mama_l at 7:26 PM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • ONLY 3% of women don't HONESTLY produce enough milk, most just think so and haven't counted diapers, but base it on pumping and babies amount of nursing. Read this info about supplementing
    http://www.drjaygordon.com/development/bf/supppit.asp
    about supply
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/index.html
    about newborns and nursing
    http://www.kellymom.com/bf/normal/index.html
    CALL your local Lactation consultant!!!
    tabi_cat1023

    Answer by tabi_cat1023 at 7:28 PM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • I agree that the pump is never a good indictator of how much you are producing. I would burse as often and as much as you can.... you will produce as much as your baby needs. Sometimes they go through growth spurts where your supply will increase as long as you nurse whenever he's asking for it. Also, he's only 6 days old... could be fussing for other reasons as well.... like gas.

    and as long as he has 6 wet or poopy diapers he's getting enough. Just look at those diapers to determine it.
    Precious333

    Answer by Precious333 at 7:49 PM on Oct. 5, 2008

  • Rather than assume you aren't doing it right (because you are going to get alot of those answers), I'm just going to tell you that as someone that DIDN'T produce enough milk (breast reduction surgery) and couldn't exclusively breastfeed (nurshing and following up with formula was recommended by the pediatrician), try your best, do what you can, explore your options, and don't stress.

    Talk to a lactiation consultant, but also talk to the pediatrician and to your doctor if you need to...take what they advise into consideration, try it out...but if it doesn't help your situation, don't let it make you feel like a failure as a mother. The more you obsess over this, the more stress you put on your bonding with your child. Yes, breastmilk is the best food option, but it isn't always the best relationship option for you and your child...
    thalassa

    Answer by thalassa at 9:19 AM on Oct. 6, 2008

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