Almost all mothers worry if they are producing enough milk for their little ones. Factually, low milk supply is one of the main reasons most mothers quit breastfeeding and switch to formula. If you're wondering why you're not producing adequate milk for your little one, here are some of the most common reasons that often contribute to an absent or deficient milk supply.

#Scheduling Feedings

If you breastfeed your baby according to a predetermined schedule, then you're likely to have a low breast milk supply. By disturbing the demand and supply cycle of breast milk production, scheduled feedings cause your infant to miss the amount of milk he needs. That's the reason why lactation experts recommend you breastfeed your little one on demand.

#Using a Pacifier

As sucking on a breast is entirely different from sucking on an artificial nipple, using nipples, pacifiers, and bottles during the first few months of breastfeeding can cause your breast milk supply to slow down. This mostly happens when the baby is too sensitive to that difference. Therefore, it's better to hold off on the pacifier until your baby is two or three months old.

#Formula Feeding

In the first couple of weeks, you might feel that you're not producing enough breast milk to feed your infant, but that doesn't mean you need to supplement your baby's feedings with formula milk or any other food. Topping up with formula causes your baby to eat less at the breast, leading to a lower overall breast milk supply.

#A Poor Breastfeeding Latch

Not getting the baby latched on to the breast correctly is one of the most common mistakes new mothers make while breastfeeding their baby. When your newborn is not positioned and attached well to your breast, he cannot effectively remove milk from the breast. Therefore, having a good, deep latch is crucial to establish and maintain an adequate milk supply. Consider using a lightweight and soft nursing pillow to get a good breastfeeding latch during breastfeeding.

#Not Feeding the Baby at Night

It can be difficult for you to resist the lure of more sleep at night, but if you want to keep your milk production high, you must give your baby at least one or two night feedings. As the Prolactin hormone level is at highest during night feedings, not feeding your baby at night makes him prone to the problem of slow weight gain.

#Intake of Caffeinated Food and Drinks

Taking caffeinated food and drinks during breastfeeding not only causes your baby to lose sleep, but it also reduces your milk production to a great extent. For that reason, you're advised to ditch the caffeine completely during lactation. Some foods and drinks that contain a high amount of caffeine are coffee, cola soft drinks, black and green tea, energy drinks, and chocolate.

#Not Getting Enough Sleep

Researchers say that nursing mothers who struggle to get adequate sleep tend to produce less breast milk than those who take enough sleep. The lack of sleep interrupts the production of Prolactin and Oxytocin hormones, which play a vital role in keeping your milk supply up. That's the reason why lactation experts recommend nursing moms to sleep at least seven hours a day. If you have trouble sleeping at night, consider wearing comfy and stretchy feeding nightwear that makes both sleeping and breastfeeding smooth for new moms.

#Tongue Tie

Tongue-tie, also known as Ankyloglossia, is a common problem in infants, which affects the mobility of the tongue tip. If your little one has a tongue tie, he cannot make your breasts empty. Consequently, you're unable to produce a sufficient amount of breast milk for your little one because your breasts yield more milk when they are empty.

Author's Bio: 

I'm Darfashan Parveen, a passionate blogger, associated with WobblyWalk.Com – India’s Leading Maternity & Nursing Wear Brand. I love to read and write about Pregnancy, Parenting, and Baby Care to make people aware of parenthood challenges and easy ways to overcome them. Apart from Blogging, I'm a foodie who loves traveling and dancing.