Why is there no milk?

Aimee - posted on 03/10/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )




After I breastfeed I typically express some breastmilk to put on my nipple so they aren't sore. Sometimes though no milk comes out no omatter how hard I try. Does this mean my baby didn't get any milk while he was breastfeeding? He doesn't act hungry after, but he is the type of baby that may be hungry but is calmed by sucking (even if it is on a pacifier). Is he using my breast as a pacifier if I don't see milk or can't get any out after he feeds?


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Amanda - posted on 03/25/2009




I would let your baby do a little skin to skin after feeding it might stimulate a little let down that you can express to put on your nipples. If your baby is thrivng and not listless or sleepy all the time he's probably getting enough to eat. Getting lanolin would be your second choice for cracked nipples there is also a new product on the market they are gels that you can put on your nipples they are for wet/moist healing. Medela makes them.

Silla - posted on 03/10/2009




Yeah I agree with the others, make sure your baby is having enough wet diapers. You can also listen to see if your baby is swallowing.

I can never pump anymore right after a feeding. I usually produce just enough for him to eat it seems....  I get one or two pumpings in a day. One in the morning and maybe one at night!

Cindy - posted on 03/10/2009




I agree with Rhonda and Melissa - baby will let you know if he's hungry. And keep an eye on those diapers. Remember that baby is a much more effective pump than your hand will ever be. If your breasts are still sore because you can't get any milk out you can always rub some lanolin cream on them. A tube of that stuff lasts forever and is safe for baby. HTH!

Rhonda - posted on 03/10/2009




He probably just emptied the breast - if he is hungry I am sure he would let you know.

I have the same issue sometimes.

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