What if I can’t make more milk and breastfeed exclusively?
Even if mothers have a permanently low milk supply and need to supplement their baby with extra milk, there are benefits to breastfeeding for both. Aside from the benefits of the breast milk itself, breastfeeding calms the baby, promotes jaw development, provides good bacteria, helps mother and baby bond, and may increase the milk supply. To breastfeed with a low milk supply, mothers breastfeed first and then supplement the baby with milk. The amount of supplement is generally determined by the baby’s hunger signs after breastfeeding. Mothers will need to choose an efficient supplementation tool. Supplementing with a tube-at-the-breast system is slightly different. Mothers also need to decide on a type of milk. Realizing that the milk supply is low is difficult for many mothers. Mothers may feel guilt, frustration, anger, and even depression. We encourage mothers to breastfeed, supplement as needed, be proud of their efforts, enjoy their babies, and find support.