Breastfeeding: What is a normal lactation flow?

As a first time mother, there are so many decisions to make upon receiving your little bundle of joy, the choice to breastfeed is one of them. Often, first time mothers are concerned if their infant is receiving enough milk. Here are a few breastfeeding facts that can help ease any concerns or anxieties you may have about your choice to breastfeed trust that you are providing the best for your infant.

  • You produce a small amount of milk in the first few days aftBF_ThinkstockPhotos-146068069er birth. This milk is called ‘Colostrum’. It is only produced in small amounts because that is all your baby needs. Your infant has a very small stomach- about the size of your thumb- and the colostrum you produce will help your baby’s immune system.
  • You will produce more milk after the third or fourth day. If you are pumping, the amount you create could possibly be anywhere from a half ounce to one ounce per breast or per feeding. Do not become discouraged if this is all you are producing or if your baby seems to want more after an hour and half or two. Breast milk is digested quickly and breastfed babies tend to eat more often than formula fed babies.
  • Your breast size does not determine the amount of milk you can produce. You are able to breast feed or pump and you will produce what is necessary- it’s all about supply and demand. The more you pump or breastfeed, the more milk your body will produce.
  • Find time to relax and ensure you are maintaining a healthy diet. This will go a long way to helping your lactation flow. A relaxed and well-fed body will make it easier to create a sense of ‘let down’, also known as milk ejection.

For more information about breastfeeding, please contact Jamaica Hospital Women’s Health Center at 718-291-3276 and speak to a lactation consultant.

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