One ovary & low milk supply


I am a 29 year old woman with only one ovary. I just had a baby and I found that I am not able to produce enough breastmilk despite improving my diet.

Could absence of one ovary be the cause? Please help as I really want to breastfeed my baby.

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May 10, 2012
ovaries and milk production
by: Tracy


Breast milk production is regulated by hormones that are secreted by the pituitary gland. Removal of your ovaries does not affect milk production. Your ovaries are needed to fall pregnant but, not for milk production.

Have you thought of using herbs or Domperidone to increase breast milk supply?

May 10, 2012
by: Anonymous

Hi there. I understand the desperate desire to feed your precious newborn. I had very low milk supply & got fed up with people telling me the basics when I was already doing that and more. So forgive me if you already know this but I don't want to deprive you of the information if you don't:

-BF / express overnight. I set my alarm for 2am and always got double than when I would pump during the day. This is because your prolactin rises at night and then rises further if you pump/BF.

- You can get the prescription domperidone / motilium which contains the hormone prolactin. This works for 4 out of 5 women.

- You can buy a 'supplemental nursing system' which gives your baby formula while you breastfeed. It's fiddly but this way your breasts are being constantly stimulated instead of giving the top up formula through a bottle.

- If you have a thyroid function problem, are overweight, have low iron, these can interfere with milk supply.

Can I ask
- How old is your baby?
- How do you know your supply is insufficient. Was your baby losing weight?
- Did you notice changes / discomfort in your breasts during pregnancy-especially the first trimester? (Some women have poor mammary growth due to insufficient glandular tissue or being overweight)

I would love to provide any other help I can as I suffered with low milk supply and BF with an SNS for 3 months so I understand your desperate desire to BF.

I have done much research so I have more success with baby two and maybe I could help you further.You could even reply to me directly [email protected]' Hope this is some help.

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