Causes of Delayed Milk Production
You will make a small amount of milk known as colostrum during the the first 2 to 5 days after your baby is born. Colostrum is a rich thick milk that is loaded with nutrients. This milk is all a healthy full term baby needs. Around 3 to 5 days after childbirth, your milk will come in. Some factors that may affect your milk production include the following :
- Cesarean delivery
- Bleeding after birth
- Infection or illness with fever
- Thyroid conditions
- Strict or prolonged bed rest during pregnancy
Milk supply depends on demand or its removal from the breast. The best way to increase breastmilk supply is to feed frequently. If you have a problem with delayed or reduced milk production, you first have to look at the number and length of feedings. You should also make sure your baby is latching on correctly. It is important that your baby can transfer milk from the breast.
If you have delayed milk, don’t give up. Continue to breastfeed and express milk ( through breast pump or by hand). You should do this even if you are using supplementary formula in the mean time.
If you have any concerns about your milk production, get help from a lactation consultant or your doctor .
Breastfeeding and delayed milk production. Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital. https://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=insufficient-or-delayed-milk-production-90-P02655. Accessed October 23rd, 2019
Breastfeeding and delayed milk production. University of Rochester Medical Center. https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/encyclopedia/content.aspx?contenttypeid=90&contentid=P02655. Accessed October 23rd, 2019