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Oversupply

Some women have an oversupply of breast milk, which may be your crisis! Maybe you are making more milk than your baby needs.

While 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.

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 on foremilk and hind milk imbalance

Moms can hand express milk to reduce engorgement before feedings.


How to Judge if you Have an Oversupply of Milk


* Baby is often very irritable and/or restless.

* Baby is fussy during feeds.

* Baby chokes and makes clicking noises while feeding. 

* Baby has frothy, green, explosive stools. 


Oversupply Causes

* 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.



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 Moms with an oversupply. Put 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


Other pages on "breastfeeding problems" in connection with this page

- Safe milk storage guidelines.

- Nursing with large nipples and breasts.

- Breastfeeding stories.

- Breastfeeding and colic.

- Burping baby.

  • Cold Therapy: relieves engorgement, swelling and pain...

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