Breastfeeding and a low milk supply. Let Minbie Help!

Low milk supply can seem like an absolute nightmare when you have your heart set on breastfeeding your baby, but it doesn't have to be. Minbie has helped lots of new mums build up their milk supply using a combination of pumping with our hospital grade double breast pump and mix feeding using our award winning breast like bottlesYou may be surprised to learn that a low milk supply is usually just a temporary situation which can be improved with a little help.

Thank you - very happy with Minbie! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I purchased the newborn feeding kit before my baby was born, postage was quick and purchase was easy. I was hoping I would not have to use it, however it turns out I'm glad I was prepared as I needed to give my baby mixed feeds due to a low milk supply. I haven't tried any other bottle but my baby has been using the newborn teat since she was 5 days old with success and I can still feed at the breast as well. All in all I'm really happy with the purchase” Clare.C.

Why do I have a low milk supply?

A low milk supply simply means you aren’t producing enough milk to meet your baby’s needs. This doesn’t mean you need to give up breastfeeding altogether. In fact, Minbie has helped lots of mums in your position, build their milk supply whilst carefully holding on to their breastfeeding bond.

It’s very normal to find you have a low milk supply when your baby arrives, and although most mother’s do produce enough milk for their babies, there are many others who struggle for various reasons. A few possible reasons why you may find you have a low milk supply are:

  • Your baby is not latching correctly on the breast. (If this is the case you may find you’re in pain too.) 
  • Your baby doesn’t seem to want to feed as often as they should.
  • Once your baby is latched correctly on the breast they are not feeding effectively. 
  • You’re topping up with formula so there has been less demand for breastmilk.
  • You have recently had mastitis.
  • You’re taking oral contraceptive pills containing estrogen. (Oral contraceptives pass into the breast milk, can change the content and can even lower the amount of breast milk produced.)

Minbie’s Breast Pump Is My Life Saver ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have to say that Minbie's Breast Pump is a life-saver and worth every penny! It makes my exclusive pumping journey so much easier. It's simple, straightforward, quiet, gentle on nipples while being very effective with fast pumping. Before switching to Minbie, I always had clogged milk/milk blockage, which made me feel extremely stressed! Since moving to the Minbie pump, I no longer have this problem. Also, my milk supply increased using this pump. On my previous pump I'd collect up to 260ml each pump, but I now get up to 310ml per pump with Minbie! It's improved my feeding outcomes without a doubt.” Trang.H

Lots of us think we have a low milk supply when actually our bodies are behaving exactly the way they should be. For example:

  • You may think your bub is feeding too frequently and therefore you’re not supplying enough to meet their demand. Actually, it’s perfectly normal for your little one to want to feed anywhere between 8 & 12 times in 24 hours. This kind of frequent feeding will help increase your milk supply. (If you’re completely exhausted, this is a great time to pump and give dad the opportunity to offer a bottle).
  • Your baby is only feeding in short bursts so you’re sure there mustn't be enough milk. Honestly, as long as your baby is growing as they should be, you can rest assured that you’re doing just fine.  Once your baby has grown a little more, they will become more efficient on the breast and therefore take more milk in less time. 

How do I know if my baby is getting enough milk? 

As soon as your baby is a week old they should be feeding between 8 &12 times a day. You can tell they’re getting enough milk if they are:

  • Waking for feeds by themselves
  • Settling well between feeds
  • Having at least 6 soaked nappies in 24 hours
  • Pooping at least once a day
If you can tick the above then you’re probably on the right track. However, if you think your baby isn’t hitting these goals, you’re worried about your milk supply or your baby’s feeding you must seek the help of a medical professional. 

A truly EXTRA SLOW nipple! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I tried to breastfeed exclusively but struggled with milk production. I had to supplement until my son grew older and had a larger mouth and stronger suction. I did everything: syringe feeding, tubes, paced feeding methods, and about 5 different brands that claimed to support breastfeeding and toted an "extra slow" flow. All lies. Every other teat I tried simply needed pressure to eject a stream of milk. Each teat allowed my son to chug his milk in less than five minutes and then choke on it. Eventually, he got frustrated with feeding from the breast. Then came Minbie. I was going to give up on breastfeeding at this point and was a little unsure due to the price, but I'm so glad that I bought the newborn bundle. I knew something was different when I popped in the nipple for the first time and my poor son fed for 45 minutes with NO milk flow. He was sucking wrong--lazily. He'd forgotten, per say, the feeding motions from a breast. Once he figured it out, he began drinking like a champ. Now, I have no issues going from bottle to breast. It trained him to take the breast again. He's two months old now, and still doesn't want to move to +1 flow. He prefers XS slow feeds, which I have no issue with because he's not complaining and he still loves the boob! I'll definitely be recommending Minbie to all of my pregnant friends.” Daphne.M.

Simple ways to increase your milk supply:

  • Skin-to-skin contact. This closeness will help to keep your little one awake and increase the release of hormones needed for breast milk production.
  • If your baby decides to ‘snooze’ at the breast (I mean why wouldn't you if you were so comfy and cosy) and isn’t feeding well, you can try expressing from each breast instead to encourage your milk supply and to have a reserve of milk as a back up. 
  • Frequent breastfeeding at least every 2-3 hours will help increase supply. Remember, it’s perfectly ok to wake your baby to feed, sometimes they need a little reminder! 
  • Make sure baby is latching correctly. An incorrect latch could mean that your little one isn’t effectively extracting milk, which will not only affect your milk supply, it will cause you pain.
  • Make sure baby is draining your breasts efficiently.
  • Expressing after you have breastfed your little one, encourages an increase in supply & ensures that your breasts will be well drained and ready to produce more milk. 
  • If you need to give your baby extra milk, offer expressed breast milk separately using a Minbie bottle to safeguard your feeding journey.

Thank You Minbie! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“After having supply issues and noticing my 5 month old wasn't gaining much weight I started to panic. I went to the supermarket and got formula to mix feed until I got my supply back up. My precious boobie monster wouldn't latch on to the bottles I had, so I went straight online and ordered a Minbie. It arrived fast and my little bobbie monster latched straight onto the Minbie 🙌 My anxiety went from super high down to very low knowing she was now drinking from a bottle while I got my milk supply back up. Thank you Minbie.” - Melissa.W

How can Minbie help me? 

If, like many mums, you’re experiencing low milk supply, it’s important that you only offer your baby a bottle that has been designed to replicate the breast and therefore won’t harm your breastfeeding bond. These are the moments Minbie was made for. 

Our patented teats offer your little one the same feeding experience they get when they're on your breast. This means you avoid all the complications that come with using other bottles. Your baby will feed from a Minbie teat just as they would on you, meaning your breastfeeding bond is protected and your baby is learning to feed in a way that not only aids digestion but also trains their breastfeeding muscle memory.  Yes, these incredible bottles have been known to make babies more efficient breast feeders. 

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“My newborn couldn’t latch well which made me sore & affected my milk supply. I used Mam bottles to supplement his feeding but their slow teat was still too fast-flowing. I then tried Minbie extra slow teat; the baby struggled to get any milk at first but then seemed to learn how to suck effectively- without hurting my nipples!! He now breastfeeds fine, I think he learnt how to latch correctly thanks to Minbie!” Eny.W 
A low milk supply doesn't need to be the end of your breastfeeding journey. Prepare for motherhood with Minbie and you'll be ready to give your baby and yourself the very best start. 

 

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“This is my baby's favourite teat and bottle. We planned to breastfeed originally but unfortunately my milk took a while to come in and weeks after birth I still have low milk supply so we had no choice but to mix feed. We weren't prepared with the bottle and just bought the common popular brands but bub was finding it difficult to suck on them, until one of my friends told me about Minbie. So glad we found Minbie because now we have no problem with mix feeding. She takes the bottle and also breastfeeds well on me.” Mariz.C 

 

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If you are concerned about your milk supply or your baby’s feeding, contact your GP or a lactation consultant who can support you further.