Some women have an oversupply of breast milk which may be your crisis! Maybe you are making more milk than your baby needs.
having too much milk may seem like a good problem to have, the rush of
milk from an overfull engorged breast can make feedings stressful and
uncomfortable for both mother and baby.
Babies can also be very fussy in between feedings when there is too much
milk. Babies, whose mothers have excessive milk, gain weight a lot
faster than normal and have a few extra dirty diapers each day.
Visit the low milk supply page to get information on whether your baby is getting enough milk.
An oversupply of breast milk will result in baby not getting enough of the essential hind milk, which is the milk at the back of the milk producing cells, and this milk contains most of the fat.
Read more here on foremilk and hind milk imbalance
Moms can hand express milk
to reduce engorgement.
How to Judge if you have an Oversupply of Milk:
* Baby is often very irritable and/or restless.
* Pumping with a breast pump before nursing.
* Switching baby to the
other breast before he has finished the first breast. Some mothers'
breasts are very sensitive to stimulation, and switching back and forth
without ever draining a breast well, can result in production of too much
milk in both breasts.
How to Slow down Milk Production
* Try to avoid extra breast stimulation like extra pumping, running warm
water on your breasts for a long time or using breast shells.
* Apply cool compresses to the breast.
* Cabbage leaf compresses and herbs also work.
* Sage tea has helped some mothers in reducing milk production.
* Peppermint tea, sage, and thyme help to reduce milk production too.
* Other helpful herbs for oversupply
How to Reduce Milk Ejection Force
* Breastfeed just as your baby is waking from naps. He will suck more gently when he is still sleepy.
* Try lying down while feeding; baby can let excess milk dribble down from his/her mouth instead of having to swallow it all.
* Feed baby before baby gets very hungry; this will keep baby from sucking
too hard, which not only hurts when nipples are already sore, but can
cause more nipple damage.
* Spray the extra milk into a towel or cloth.
Read more on overactive and under active let down
Other Oversupply Problems:
You do not need to
have overfull breasts for them to leak, but it is a common problem for Moms with an oversupply. Put pressure on the nipples by pressing your
arms tightly against your chest for a few minutes.
(More on leaking breasts during breast feeding here)
Donate your extra breast milk
Other pages on "breastfeeding problems" in connection with oversupply
- Herbs that can help decrease milk production
- Safe breast milk storage guidelines
- Nursing with large nipples and breasts
- Breastfeeding stories from the heart
- Acid reflux in the breastfed infant
- Breastfeeding and colic
- Burping baby
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