What causes a low milk supply?
Low milk supply is one of the most common breast-feeding problems for nursing mothers. Most often low milk supply is due to failure to drain the breasts effectively. Causes of a low milk supply include:
* having a non-demanding, sleepy baby who does not awaken often enough to nurse or who does not suck vigorously
* being separated from your baby during the first week after delivery (for example, if your baby was sick and you were not able to nurse or pump)
* having a baby who sucks improperly and doesn't empty your breasts well
* regularly using formula supplement, causing your baby to nurse less frequently
* having a baby who sleeps though the night (7 or more hours) without nursing
* being ill yourself with complications after the delivery, such as high blood pressure, anemia, or an infection
* being under a lot of stress, going on a weight-loss diet, or going back to work
* having very sore nipples that make it hard for you to breast-feed
* having had previous breast surgery, especially if it damaged your milk ducts.