Breastfeeding Supply and Demand

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Breastfeeding Supply and Demand

For new mothers, breastfeeding can be confusing. Colostrums supply that does not match with the expectations and behavior of infants who do not fit with what mom’s expected could happen.


Formulate appropriate breastfeeding rhythm with supply and demand is critical. For new mothers, it can be difficult because they have not had previous experience. Good rhythm does not prepare immediately.

Intensity of breastfeeding will make regular rhythm. Stimulation of the baby’s mouth while touching the breast helps in increasing the milk production and balances the needs of the baby. Maternal prolactin produced increases in accordance with the needs and breastfeeding intensity.

Touch between the nipples and baby’s mouth is not enough to increase the stimulus of milk supply. Amount of milk removed from the breast is more effective stimulus. If baby just touching his mouth on the nipple, the breast is only less aroused. Baby needs to suck breast milk to produce hormone to stimulated prolactin.

Soon after birth, the mother should breastfeed immediately. The faster mother’s breastfeed, the greater supply of milk produced by the mother. Mothers should breastfeed frequently. It is necessary for the body to adjust to the needs of the baby’s mother. In other words, supply and demand will adjust itself. However, if the mother has difficulties in the production of milk, the mother should consult a doctor to get a solution.

The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.

By Editorial Team

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