Breastfeeding and Lactation

Low Milk Supply

Many women worry they don’t have enough milk for their babies, but it is rare to have an actual problem with making milk.

What to expect

Here are some guidelines for what to expect:

Enough milk?

To make sure the baby is getting enough milk, look for these things:

Medical issues

Sometimes, mothers have medical issues that can cause low milk supply including:

Your milk supply could also be effected if you received steroids during your pregnancy to help your baby’s lungs mature faster. This is often the case when clinicians know a baby will likely be born prematurely.

Other causes of low milk supply

Treatment for low milk supply

Contact us

For more information or to schedule a consultation with a lactation specialist at CHOP, call 215-590-4442 or contact us online

Reviewed by: Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Date: August 2012

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