A common reason for giving up breastfeeding is when mothers suspect that their milk supply is low. Sometimes mothers can mistakenly think that their supply is low as they lack confidence in their ability to provide breastmilk and can become worried when their babies seem unsettled. At other times we can confuse normal infant behaviour as a milk supply problem.
However, for some women, low milk supply can be a real problem. It is important to know that the more milk that is taken from your breasts the more milk you will make. Introducing other fluids including artificial baby milk (infant formula) will decrease your milk supply. With the right information and support a low supply can usually be increased. If you are worried about your milk supply, contact the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s 24 hour helpline on 1800 686 268 or make an appointment with a lactation consultant – you can find a list on the Lactation Consultants of Australia & New Zealand’s (LCANZ) website