Did having a premature baby affect my milk supply?
There are many reasons why mothers of premature babies may have a low milk supply. Their breasts have had less time to mature during pregnancy. Sometimes the baby is too weak or ill to breastfeed effectively right after birth and to stimulate milk production.The mother may be ill, leaving her unable to breastfeed or express. The mother and baby may be separated or the mother may have trouble expressing. Some of these challenges can also cause a once full milk supply to decrease.
The act of breastfeeding can be challenging for premature babies. Their mothers can have difficulty establishing a full milk supply. They are at risk of a reduced milk supply when reliant on expressing to provide milk.
A mother of a premature baby may always have a low milk supply because:
- The baby is too weak or ill to:
- The breasts had less time to mature during the shortened pregnancy.
- The mother is not expressing well as she:
- The mother and baby were separated.
- The mother was ill after delivery and unable to breastfeed or express.