Is it possible to run out of breast milk?

Q: My baby suddenly wants to breastfeed all the time. Is it possible to run out of milk?

A: Relax -- chances are your baby is going through a growth spurt, which often occurs at 6 weeks and 3, 6, and 9 months. These periods of rapid growth make babies very hungry, which means they want to breastfeed more. Don't worry about not having enough -- breast milk works on a supply-and-demand basis, so the more your baby nurses, the more milk your body will produce. As long as she continues to have approximately the same number of bowel movements and wet diapers throughout the day as she did before her feeding frenzy began, she's getting plenty of milk. If you're still concerned, talk with your pediatrician. --Sarah Van Buskirk

Originally published in Parents magazine, February 2005. Updated 2009


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