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Nov 14, 2016 14:51 PM

Thank you for your message. It sounds like you have some concerns about your level of milk supply.

I have attached a couple of website links containing current information about how milk supply works.

http://www.lowmilksupply.org/overview.shtml

On this page, http://www.lowmilksupply.org/overview.shtml#howmuch, under the section 'How Your Body Decides How Much Milk to Make' there is an explanation of the science behind milk production. The consistent findings have been that the fuller a breast remains, the less milk it makes – the feedback inhibitor process is explained more fully on the web page. This is nature's way of trying to help with engorgement, as the breast cannot continue to produce at high quantities if the milk is not being drained. It is therefore normal for mothers who have experienced full breasts for a period of time to notice that the level of their milk supply has been affected.

In case it is useful there is further information below about methods for increasing milk supply.

http://www.lowmilksupply.org/increasingmilk.shtml

I’m wondering whether you have had a breastfeed observed by somebody who is knowledgeable about breastfeeding, such as a Certified Lactation Consultant? They would be able to assess with you what is happening during a feed and make suggestions about increasing how much milk your baby is taking, which in turn will help with your milk supply. In addition they could talk you through expressing and / or supplements to your diet to help further if needed.

I hope that this information is helpful.

Best wishes

Sharon George IBCLC