If you’re breastfeeding and your breast don’t feel full you may wonder what it mean? Is it a sure sign that you have low milk supply?
Breasts that don’t feel full can be a symptom of low milk supply but don’t panic yet! This symptom by itself does not conclusively mean you have a problem with breast milk production.
While it is true that a breast that is full of milk will feel full, firm or lumpy, the opposite; a soft breast or empty feeling breast, doesn’t mean that the breast is low on milk. Often, as your body learns exactly how much milk your baby needs, it produces that exact amount and your breasts won’t ever get that full feeling they sometimes do when you’re beginning breastfeeding. Your body has figured out how to balance supply and demand for your breast milk.
And that’s okay. In fact, that is exactly what you want. If your breasts get too full of milk hormones are released that tells your body that your baby does not need as much milk as is being produced. So your body thinks, “Okay it’s time to cut milk production!” If you’re worried about your milk production, this is probably the last thing you want to happen. So from that stand point having breasts that don’t feel full is not necessarily a bad thing.
I know it can be disconcerting to feel like your breasts are empty all the time. Try not to worry. Your breasts are never truly empty and they are always generating more milk, particularly when you sleep.
What should you do next?
Breasts that don’t feel full is a symptom of low milk supply but it can also be a sign that everything is working the way it is supposed to. If you suspect you have low milk supply, you need to investigate more. Consider these articles:
- See our article list for possible causes of low milk production
- Determining if you have low milk production by testing your daily milk production