If you do not have an adequate supply of milk, you cannot feed your baby. It is that simple. While some mothers do have problems, most do not. It is actually not very difficult to maintain sufficient and continuous levels of milk in your breasts. You can ensure it to a greater extent by adopting certain practices, adapting to others and even avoiding certain items or situations.
If you have any questions about your milk production you can always act your doctor. Alternatively, you can figure the amounts out by using a breast pump. Use an electric milk pump to remove the milk instead of nursing. Pump each breast individually or one breast twice. The total pumping time should be between 20 to 25 minutes. The exception is a double breast pumping kit. Time would, therefore, be around half - 12 to 15 minutes. Feed this milk to your infant.
After 2 hours, pump again. Measure the amount collected then multiply it by 12. This provides you with an estimate of your daily production rate. Compare it to the expected rate for your baby’s age and weight. Charts are available from your doctor and in several books on the subject of breastfeeding.
Remember there are many different factors involved in your ongoing production of breast milk for your baby. You are not doing this alone. There are both external and interior factors that impact upon your ability to keep the milk flowing. Be sure you consider all possibilities to ensure the supply of breast milk continues to feed your baby and help him or her thrive.