Dangerous effects of insufficient breast milk production on exclusively breastfed newborns

Vicky Bidlack September 26, 2018 at 8:14 am

Insufficient breast milk supply to newborns: Key consequences


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Newborns need a steady supply of breast milk to stay healthy and fight ailments. While production of adequate breast milk is a natural process for new moms, there’re mothers who experience insufficient breast milk production. Causes of insufficient breast milk production are quite varied – from stress and hormonal issues to certain medications, birth control pills, hidden fertility problems, improper lifestyle and more – all of which can lead to low breast milk production. Inadequate breast milk supply to a newborn can be identified through the following symptoms.

  • The baby doesn’t wee enough often
  • The baby doesn’t poo enough often
  • The baby fails to put on weight

While insufficient breast milk production is rare, if not addressed seriously and in time, it can lead to severe negative consequences for the newborns. Key effects of inadequate breast milk supply include:

  • Infants who aren’t exclusively breastfed may have poor immunity/infection protection.
  • Susceptibility to SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) may become higher.
  • Babies who experience insufficient breast milk supply can have a negative effect on their general intelligence.
  • Risk of having future type 2 diabetes may increase.
  • Lack of having been exclusively breastfed can fail to protect later risks of obesity and being overweight.

There’re a significant number ways to overcome insufficient breast milk production – from feeding the baby often, and getting the best possible latch-on, to consulting a lactation professional. Considering the negative consequences of inadequate breast milk production, it’s immensely crucial to address the issue as soon as possible. With proper support, a confidence boost and encouragement, successful breastfeeding can be attained by every mother.

Call to action: Do you know of any other major effects of inadequate breast milk production? Let me know in the comments section below. You can also check out my profile on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads, and connect with me there to keep the conversation flowing.



Dr Payne, Jacqueline. “Infant Feeding.” Patient, July 3, 2016.

Mrunal. “Low Breast Milk Supply.” firstcry parenting, December 4, 2017.





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