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Narrowing in on the Cause of Low Milk Production
When a parent has (1) birthed her baby, (2) has not had surgery or injury to the nipples, breast, or chest and (3) is breastfeeding frequently, it is normal for her to produce enough milk to meet her baby's needs. So if this is not happening for you, the key to making more milk is to determine why you aren't making enough milk for your baby and then address those cause(s). Kristin recommends consulting with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who will be able to work with you to determine what is underlying your low milk production: Your IBCLC can help you with the following:
What Are Some Things That May Help if You Have Insulin Resistance?
To improve your ability to produce milk, your long-term breastfeeding success, and your long-term health with insulin resistance consider:
Don't go it alone! Your IBCLC can help guide you towards the tools and techniques that are best suited to your particular circumstances.
Kristin is a mother of two school aged boys and a LCSW and IBCLC in private practice in New Jersey. After nursing full term despite medical low supply, she became a LLL Leader and then an IBCLC in order to help other nursing parents with low supply and other nursing challenges. She enjoys reading, politics, and is proud to be a geek. As a bisexual and polyamorous person, she especially loves supporting the LGBT+ community, and strives to be culturally competent/anti-racist in both her life and her practice.
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