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What can affect how much breastmilk I make?

You may make more or less milk, depending on: How completely milk is removed each time you breastfeed. An empty breast means better milk production. How often you nurse or pump to remove milk. The more often you empty your breasts, the more milk your breasts will make. The amount of milk your breasts store between feedings. If your breast stores too much milk

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What if my breastmilk supply goes down?

If you don’t feel as “full” as you did in the first few weeks of breastfeeding, you may worry that you are not making enough milk for your baby. Typically, after a few months of breastfeeding, a mother’s body learns to make the right amount of milk for her baby. At this time, a mother’s breasts may no longer feel “full.” Also, the baby

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How is breastmilk made?

Breasts often become fuller and tender during pregnancy. This is a sign that the alveoli are getting ready to work. Some women do not feel these changes in their breasts. Other women may sense these changes after their baby is born. The alveoli make milk in response to the hormone prolactin (proh-LAK-tin). Prolactin rises when the baby suckles. Another hormone, oxytocin (oks-ee-TOH-suhn), also rises

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