Breastfeeding Problems -
Oversupply of Milk
mothers are concerned about having an oversupply of milk. Having an
overfull breast can make feedings stressful and uncomfortable for both
mother and baby.
What should I do ?
- Breastfeed on one side for each feeding. Continue to offer that same side for at least two hours until the next full
feeding, gradually increasing the length of time per feeding.
the other breast feels unbearably full before you are ready to
breastfeed on it, hand express for a few moments to relieve some of the
pressure. You can also use a cold compress or washcloth to reduce
discomfort and swelling.
your baby before he or she becomes overly hungry to prevent aggressive
positions that don’t allow the force of gravity to help as much with
milk ejection, such as the side-lying position or the football hold.
- Burp your baby frequently if he or she is gassy.
women have a strong milk ejection reflex or let-down. This can happen
along with an oversupply of milk.
If you have a rush of milk, try the following:
- Hold your nipple between your forefinger and middle finger or with the side of your hand to
Let your baby’s doctor know if you think the baby is not getting enough milk to lightly compress milk ducts to reduce the force
of the milk ejection.
baby chokes or sputters, unlatch him or her and let the excess milk
spray into a towel or cloth.
your baby to come on and off the breast at will.
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