Continuing Nursing When You Don't Produce Enough Milk
Hey it's Kelly Carvell, welcome to the very first episode of my rebranded podcast: The Lactation Nerd Podcast. Quick question for you, when you were getting prenatal care, did you receive a breast or chest assessment from your provider to check for any risk factors that could complicate your lactation journey? My guess would be that you did not, as most of us don't. It's not standard practice, at least not here in the U.S., but it really needs to be.
There are a few markers your provider, or lactation consultant, can look for that could mean you may struggle to produce milk. Knowing prenatally you have low supply indicators could save a baby’s life, a new parent’s sanity, and give them the opportunity to get comfortable with a combo feeding plan if they would still like to partially provide their milk if they don’t end up producing enough. Sadly, many, like my guest Kaia Lacy, don’t find out until it is much too late.
Meet my guest:
Kaia is a motherhood blogger whose focus is infant-feeding with chronic low milk supply, advocating for more low-supply education and research, and family support. She was diagnosed with insufficient glandular tissue (IGT) following the birth of her first child and has since committed herself to amplify the experiences and supporting families like hers. Kaia is currently pursuing a Lactation Counselor Certification through the Healthy Children Project.
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