Most women hope to feed their newborn child for the first few months of life, but unfortunately not all women succeed. The most common reason for failure is emotional or physical stress. The harder the woman tries to succeed, the more she will experience breastfeeding failure. Being relaxed with the baby, the concept of breastfeeding, and the physical and emotional surroundings is vital.
To increase the breast milk supply the nipples should be stimulated as much as possible by the baby suckling. The medications domperidone or metoclopramide can also be used to increase breast milk production as they stimulate the release of prolactin from the pituitary gland in the brain.
There are medical reasons for being unable to breast feed. A mother who has a significant illness, be it an infection, dietary problems, cancer or any other form of debilitation, is not going to be as successful at breastfeeding as a woman who is in perfect health. In primitive areas of the world, malnutrition may be a factor, but even in developed countries, a fad diet may lack vital nutrients and have an adverse effect. Rarely, damage to the pituitary gland under the brain may be responsible.