While some mothers worry about
not having enough milk, others experience
Hyperlactation syndrome means that the breastfeeding mother’s body makes more milk than is necessary for her baby.
Hyperlactation can present some challenges to the breastfeeding relationship, but is overcome quite easily in most cases.
Many mothers experience an overabundance of milk at first, before
the supply regulates to feed just one infant. If your oversupply
continues past the first six weeks or so, you may be experiencing
There are various methods to treat hyperlactation, all of which focus on regulating the mother’s supply.
Using cabbage leaves in your bra is an age-old remedy that actually works.
Keeping cool washcloths on your breast is another old cure, since warm water encourages letdown.
Doing block feedings. Nursing from only one breast for a period
of a few hours or a few feedings is another common method of
Dangle feeding (as shown in the picture), can help drain the
breasts more efficiently to prevent problems like blocked ducts and
If you are nursing and pumping, it is very important not to
pump after feedings, as this can increase your supply even further. If
you are uncomfortably engorged, you can hand express just enough milk to
You may want to
consider collecting the milk that leaks out of the other breast when
nursing, to be used later.
If you continue experiencing hyperlactation after trying these
approaches, contact a lactation consultant or your local breastfeeding
support group to connect with other mothers who may be experiencing this