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How can you make sure you continue to produce breast milk?


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2009-05-20 23:30:34
2009-05-20 23:30:34

Schedules DONT WORK.

Feed your baby when it is hungry, not when you feel it should feed, breastmilk works on a supply and demand system.

Every feed, signals the body to make milk, so the longer you space between feedings, the less milk you make.

nurse, nurse, nurse! If you are "supplementing feedings" your supply is going to not be as good as it should be! Make sure to keep up a good breastfeeding or pumping schedule.

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You can make breast milk if you are a female mammal and are, or have recently been, pregnant. You can continue to make breast milk so long as you continue to be suckled. This is how dairy cows continue to produce year after year. Many substitutes for human breast milk have been developed under many different brand names.

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If you continue to offer a newborn the breast from the time of birth and do not supplement with formula you will have an adequate supply of breast milk until you stop offering the breast. Breast milk is supplied based on demand. If the newborn/child suckles for it, your breasts will continue to produce milk indefinitely.

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No. She can not produce breast milk after menopause.

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A breast has to be lactating to produce milk.


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