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OCTOBER 25, 2017

milk supply misconceptions

Mums can naturally become anxious about their milk supply but remember there are some common misconceptions...

  • Leaking is not a sign of good supply. If you stop leaking, don’t panic! It just means your body has grown accustomed to how much milk you need to make
  • Just because your breasts stop feeling “full” doesn’t mean that your milk supply has decreased. By the time your baby reaches 6 - 8 weeks, your body knows how much milk to make and will have adjusted to your baby’s needs
  • When your baby is around 6 - 8 weeks, she may have shorter feeding sessions. This doesn’t mean your body isn’t producing enough milk. It usually means your baby has mastered breastfeeding and can get milk more efficiently than before!
  • On the opposite end, the occasional long feeding session doesn’t necessarily indicate inadequate milk supply. Your baby will go through a number of growth spurts (usually around 2-3 weeks, 6 weeks, and 3 months of age). During these periods, your baby will naturally want to feed longer and more often

If you have on-going concerns or need specific advice then don’t be afraid to contact your Health Visitor or Local Breastfeeding Counsellor, as they are best equipped to give you advice and support