20 Causes of Reduced Breast Milk Production


A parent would want to provide for his dear child. So as a breastfeeding mother, you will want to make sure that you are producing enough milk for your little one's needs. For that, you need to know a number of things that need to be avoided because they can affect your milk production. These include:

  1. Your little one consumes additional formula milk. Basically, the more your little one breastfeeds directly from you, your body will automatically produce more milk. So if your little one consumes additional formula milk, your little one's milk consumption will decrease, so that in the end your mother's milk production will also decrease.
  2. Your little one has nipple confusion. Sucking milk from a bottle with a nipple is much easier than sucking milk from the mother's breast. So if your little one is too accustomed to drinking from a bottle, he may refuse to breastfeed directly from the mother and prefer to drink breast milk from the bottle.
  3. A breastfeeding schedule that is too tight will actually disrupt the mother's milk production cycle. Feed your little one whenever he is hungry and needs Mother
  4. Sleepy baby. In the first few weeks, some babies sleep all the time and only breastfeed for brief periods. You should breastfeed your little one at least once every 2 hours during the day and at least once every 4 hours at night to maintain your milk production.
  5. Stopping the breastfeeding process before your little one has finished breastfeeding can also interfere with your mother's milk production. In addition, the milk that comes out in the final stages of breastfeeding contains higher levels of fat, thus helping your little one gain weight
  6. Only breastfeed on one breast. If you want to increase your milk production, feed your little one alternately between your right and left breasts.
  7. Health problems or anatomical problems in the baby (eg tongue tied / tongue tied) can prevent the baby from drinking milk efficiently, thereby reducing the production of mother's milk.
  8. Consumption of certain drugs, such as antihistamines and some decongestants, weight loss drugs or appetite suppressants, high doses of vitamin B-6 and so on, can reduce your milk production. So before you consume certain drugs while breastfeeding, you should first consult with your doctor about their effect on the breastfeeding process.
  9. Hormonal birth control drugs will reduce your milk supply. That is why you should not take hormonal birth control drugs before the 6th to 8th week after giving birth, so that your body has time to prepare an adequate reserve of breast milk before being "disturbed" by additional hormones.
  10. The mother has hypothyroidism. Some mothers may experience this condition for the first time during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include hair loss, dry skin, sensitivity to cold temperatures, loss of appetite, fatigue, depression, and swelling in the neck area. If these symptoms occur in the mother along with reduced milk production, you need to check your thyroid function.
  11. Anemia. Mothers who have anemia also have a high risk of blocked milk ducts and mastitis
  12. Cigarettes. Mothers who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day often experience decreased milk production and their babies gain weight at a slower rate.
  13. Mother loses weight too fast. During breastfeeding, it is recommended that you do not lose weight faster than ½ kg per week or about 2 kg per month. As long as you are still breastfeeding, exercise wisely and consume about 1800 calories per day. Avoid drugs or weight loss drinks.
  14. The mother has a history of hormonal problems
  15. If you have had breast surgery, either breast enlargement or reduction surgery, especially if the milk ducts were cut during the operation and it has not grown back, you are at greater risk of not producing enough milk. Before you undergo surgery like this, it is better if you consult your doctor first about your plans for breastfeeding in the future.
  16. If the placenta is not removed properly or if you have a puerperium that lasts more than 6 weeks.
  17. Your little one is given solid food before he is 6 months old. This results in her breastfeeding less, so that the mother's milk production will also decrease.
  18. Pregnancy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy result in reduced milk production
  19. The mother returns to work before the little one is 6-8 weeks old. Give your body time to develop an adequate supply of breast milk. After you return to work, pump breast milk regularly and continue to breastfeed your little one directly while you are at home.
  20. Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine. Limit your caffeine consumption to less than 4-5 cups of coffee in day and limit your alcohol consumption to less than once a day.

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