Breastfeeding and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS

Can a woman breastfeed and have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, PCOS? Sometimes, women with PCOS can have a lower milk supply due to their hormonal imbalances. Some women even have the problem of over production.

A woman with a low milk supply can use breastfeeding supplemental tools such as a supplemental feeder or syringe while breastfeeding so that this will help keep the baby sucking longer. Additionally, taking care of your body is important. Therefore, you need to make time for exercise, such as walking with your baby. Eating right, by staying away from sugary foods, is a good habit of following. Furthermore, women who are taking Metformin, for PCOS, can safely continue taking it while breastfeeding. As a Lactation Consultant, we can work together to resolve your breastfeeding and PCOS issues.

In the end, it may not be possible for you to achieve a full breast milk supply, but just remember that every ounce of breast milk is beneficial for your baby.