1. My baby wants to nurse very frequently
Breast milk is actually digested very efficiently (usually within 1.5-2 hours) and frequent feeding is common as a result. Some babies are also more ‘sucky’ than others or require more skin contact.
2. My baby suddenly nurses more frequently, or for longer durations
This may be a growth spurt, which usually lasts a few days to a week. Since milk production is supply & demand-based, allowing your baby to feed extra will result in your breasts producing more milk to catch up.
3. My baby suddenly nurses less frequently, or for shorter durations
With age, as your baby gets more efficient at extracting milk, and the size of their little tummy increases, this will happen and is not an indicator of low supply.
4. My baby guzzles down a bottle of milk after nursing
Many babies will take a bottle of milk even after a full breastfeed, due to their suckling reflex, and then fall asleep due to exhaustion rather than satiation.
5. My breasts don’t leak milk, or only leak a little, or have stopped leaking
Leaky breasts have nothing to do with your milk supply adequacy. Leaking often stops once your milk supply has adjusted to your baby’s needs, and/or as the feeds become more predictable.
6. My breasts seem softer, or don’t get engorged anymore
Again this often happens once your milk supply has adjusted to your baby’s needs, and/or as the feeds become more predictable.
7. I don’t feel a let down sensation
Some women may never experience a let down sensation (tingling, pins & needles or a feeling of warmth), or find that it reduces over time. This is not connected to a reduction in supply.
8. I get very little milk when i pump
There are many reasons why this could be… pumping technique, pump type, flange size etc. At the best of times, your baby’s suck will always be more efficient at draining your breasts than the pump can mimic. Pump output should not be used as a reliable indicator of production.