How to Breastfeed Long Term and Maintain Consistent Breast Milk Production

How to Breastfeed Long Term and Maintain Consistent Breast Milk ProductionThe popular saying “go with the flow” was not intended to describe breastfeeding, but it’s a great reminder of how to keep your breast milk production consistent. Finding the right breastfeeding groove is a matter of figuring out what kind of storage capacity your breasts naturally have regarding producing and holding breast milk. After you’ve learned if you’re a heavy, moderate, or light breast milk producer, then you’ll want to come up with your “magic number” for the amount of times per day you should completely drain your breasts.

Certified Lactation Consultant Nancy Mohrbacher explained the “magic number” concept in a recent breastfeeding article that details the steps nursing mothers should take to maintain consistent breast milk supplies. Many new moms do not realize that when their breasts reach their maximum fullness then breast milk production naturally begins to slow down, so expressing breast milk or nursing your little one to effectively drain your breasts is key to continuing milk production.

If a mom’s “magic number” is 8 times a day (which Mohrbacher explains is a typical result for many nursing moms) then she must take care to express milk, pump, or breastfeed 8 times a day to maintain the same breast milk production. Her breast milk storage capacity will not change as time goes on, but the amount of milk she naturally produces is exactly the amount her baby needs for a healthy diet.

If your little one is breastfeeding less at home and you’re pumping the same amount at work, your breast milk production will be effected and slow down. Mohrbacher explains that many of the moms she works with do not take into account that as they introduce solids and reduce nursing sessions that their breast milk production is responding to less use. If you’re passionate about breastfeeding exclusively for a year or more, take care to consistently drain your breasts every day the same amount of times that worked for you when your little one was an infant. Your body takes its cues from your actions and will not continue to produce the same amount of breast milk if you’re steering your baby to other food sources.