To continue on our breastfeeding kick, in this episode of the Birthful podcast we are going to be talking about low milk supply. Low milk supply- whether real or perceived- can seriously impact a breastfeeding relationship. I’ll be taking with Diana Cassar-Uhl, to help us navigate the constellation of reasons that may cause it, and possible solutions.
What we talked about:
- What is considered a low milk supply?
- The million dollar question: how common is low milk supply
- What to do if you think your milk supply is low
- Why it’s impossible to “spoil” a newborn
- Your baby’s hunger cues
- Is it time for a “nursing vacation”?
- What if your boobs don’t change?
- Low milk supply: physical reasons, behavioral reasons, or both?
Helpful links from Diana:
- Article on Perceived Insufficient Milk
- Article on Hypoplasia/Insufficient Glandular Tissue
- Insulin resistance and lactation insufficiency: FAQ
- Diana’s Book: Finding Sufficiency: Breastfeeding with Insufficient Glandular Tissue
Additional links about low milk supply:
- Breastfeeding and low supply: Common and surprising causes and solutions from PhD in Parenting
- Hidden Hindrances to a Healthy Milk Supply by Becky Flora, BSed, IBCLC
- Increasing Low Milk Supply by Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC
- How does milk production work? by Kelly Bonyata, BS, IBCLC
- The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk book by Diana West, IBCLC and Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC
About Diana Cassar-Uhl
Diana Cassar-Uhl, MPH, IBCLC is a first year doctoral student in maternal and child health with a research interest in infant and child nutrition. She has been helping breastfeeding families since 2005 as a La Leche League Leader, IBCLC, educator, author, and researcher. She blogs at DianaIBCLC.com and is the author of Finding Sufficiency: Breastfeeding With Insufficient Glandular Tissue (Praeclarus Press). Mother of three school-age children, Diana splits her time between her home in upstate New York and her academic and professional pursuits in the Washington, DC area.
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