These are the questions I ask when I’m trying to help a mom figure out IF she has low milk supply and what is causing it. Low supply is rather rare and usually easy to fix.
1- How old is your baby?
2- Was your baby full term or premature?
3- What symptoms make you think that you have low supply?
4- How many wet diapers has your baby made in the past 24 hours? How many poopy diapers? Were the diapers damp, wet, or soaked?
5- How is your baby behaving?
6- Does your baby have any health or physical issues?
7- What does your baby eat? (breastmilk from the breast, breastmilk from the bottle, vitamin supplements, formula supplements, solids)
8- Is your baby on any sort of a schedule?
9- Do you use a nipple shield, pacifier, supplemental nursing system, or bottles?
10- Do your nipples/breasts have any visible damage? (Cracks, bleeding, creasing after nursing, whiteness, clogged ducts, redness, tenderness, swelling)
11- What is your baby’s weight gain history? (Birth weight, lowest weight, weights at weigh-ins)
12- Are you on any medications? (Birth control, antidepressants, antibiotics)
13- Have you ever felt that your milk supply was sufficient/normal?
14- Are you exclusively breastfeeding, exclusively pumping, breastfeeding and pumping?
15- Are you separated from your baby during the day or night for any period of time?
16- How often do you nurse during the day?
17- Are you timing feedings and switching baby’s sides based on a clock or based on baby?
18- Are you letting baby comfort suck or do you stop feedings when baby’s sucking slows down?