Low milk supply (breastmilk insufficiency) may include a large range of conditions related to low or no milk supply. It could be caused by delayed lactogenesis II, impaired lactation or lactogenesis II failure. A thorough evaluation of the mother and baby are necessary to determine the cause and the eventual treatment.
Commonly women with an adequate or normal milk supply perceive that they have an insufficient milk supply. This is a very common perception with some studies suggesting approximately half of breastfeeding mothers will at some point doubt their ability to breastfeed their infant. It is therefore very important to get objective information (such as the infant’s weight and growth and assessment of wet and dirty diapers) in determining if there is inadequate milk supply and what strategies are needed.