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I know that most Moms don't respond well to the pump and that the tiny amount of milk that comes out when most Moms pump is not at all an accurate representation of how much milk a Mom has since babies are SO much more efficient than pumps.

Because of this, I was careful to watch how many wet and dirty diapers my baby had in the first two weeks. I know that a baby typically has one wet and one dirty diaper for each day of life (1 on Day 1, 2 on Day 2, etc.) until about Day 4ish or when Moms milk comes in and then it's more like 5-6 wet and 3-4 dirty diapers each day. But my baby hasn't had that many!

So I went to see a lactation consultant and made sure they were an IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and they weighed the baby before and after a few feedings to see if the baby was actually transferring milk from my breast and my baby was not even getting an ounce!

Then I started power pumping and taking all sorts of herbal supplements and went in to do more before and after weighing and still there was very little milk getting transferred each feeding.

Why don't I have enough milk?

Posted by Anon A Mouse
Asked on January 14, 2014 2:01 pm

I Had The Sme Problem After 3 Months I Tried Everything & I STILLL Don’t Know What Happened Wish I Could Help But It Is Normal & Your NOT The Only Mother Out There For This To Happen!! XO

Posted by Lisa Jones
Answered On January 14, 2014 5:38 pm

If you were planning to breastfeed but couldn’t produce enough milk you probably heard advice like:

“Maybe you just need to try a little harder.”
“Have you tried fenugreek?”
“You’re probably not drinking enough water.”

But maybe there was something else at play that all those well-meaning advice-givers hadn’t considered. Maybe your boobs are hypoplastic!

“In cases of hypoplasia, the mother has insufficient glandular tissue in her breasts; her “milk factory” is either missing key parts to its assembly line or is absent altogether.” (LLL)

“Hypoplastic breasts may be small or large. It is breast shape, placement, and asymmetry that indicate hypoplasia — not necessarily size. Normal-sized breasts that are lacking glandular tissue may be made up of fatty tissue that will sufficiently fill a bra cup.” (kellymom)

Read the link to learn about hypoplasia, it’s causes, and amazingly awesome ways to establish a breastfeeding bond when you don’t have a sufficient milk supply.


Posted by Kassondra
Answered On January 14, 2014 4:40 pm