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 the mother and baby.
Babies may 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.
An oversupply of breast milk will result in a baby not getting enough of the essential hind milk, which contains most of the fat.
Read more here about foremilk and hind milk imbalance
Mother can hand express milk
to reduce engorgement before feedings.
How to Judge if you have an Oversupply of Milk
- The baby is often very irritable and/or restless.
The baby is fussy during feeds.
- The baby chokes and makes clicking noises while feeding.
The baby has frothy, green, explosive stools.
- Switching your baby to the
other breast, before he/she has finished the first breast. Some mother's 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.
Consumption of too many lactogenic foods.
Hormone related issues.
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 and thyme tea 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/she should suck more gently, when sleepy.
Try lying down while feeding; your baby can let excess milk dribble down from his/her mouth, instead of having to swallow it all.
Feed your baby before he/she gets too hungry; this will keep your baby from sucking
too hard, which not only hurts when the nipples are already sore, but can
cause more nipple damage. How to recognize a baby's hunger cues.
- Spray the extra milk into a towel or cloth before feeding your baby.
Read more about 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 mothers with an overabundance of milk. Put gentle pressure on the nipples by pressing your arms tightly against your chest for a few minutes. (More about leaking breasts during breast feeding here)
Donate your extra breast milk
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Site by BFeeding Mamma, Tracy Behr. Currently studying through Child birth International (CBC, CBD). Also an accomplished author and Mommy of two.