NYT Parenting: How to Deal with Low Breastmilk Supply


  • Before giving birth, find out if you are at risk for low milk supply. Learn what successful breastfeeding involves and find a skilled, supportive pediatrician.
  • Baby weight checks are the best way to determine if you have low milk supply. Your baby should not lose more than 7 percent of his birth weight in the first few days.
  • Supplement with your own pumped milk, donor milk or formula while you are working to increase your supply.
  • Increase your milk supply by addressing any underlying medical issues, and by frequent nursing followed by pumping.
  • Reflect on your feeding goals. If you aren’t making all the milk your baby needs, long-term supplementation can support a positive breastfeeding relationship.

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