Milk oversupply may be extremely uncomfortable for you and your
baby. But before taking measures to decrease your milk production, make
sure milk oversupply IS the problem. Once decreased, it is not easy to
get your milk supply back.
Talk to your doctor about milk oversupply, if any or all of the the below is true:
√ your breasts leak milk on a regular basis
√ your breasts feel full all the time
√ you suffer from constant engorgement, clogged ducts, mastitis
√ your milk flow is too fast for the baby to manage without gulping and choking
√ your baby spits up excessively and is gassy
√ your baby has frequent, mucousy, greenish, explosive or bloody stools
√ your baby never looks relaxed and never falls asleep during nursing
√ your baby fusses at the breast, turns away from the breast at let-down, is unable to latch on correctly
Keep in mind that oversupply is not the only one that may cause these symptoms, but it is worth checking with your doctor.
Now, while you do this, there are ways to relieve discomfort caused by overabundant milk production and improve your nursing experience.
Relieving Discomfort Caused by Too Much Milk
Try changing nursing positions. Same milk flow can be tolerated
differently in different positions.
Try positioning your baby's head higher than the nipple.
This makes the milk go up instead of flowing down. Your milk supply is the
same, but the milk flow is easier for the baby to manage.
To relieve your baby’s discomfort, you may interrupt the feeding at
let-down. Let milk pour out into container, and then give your baby the
breast. The milk will flow slower and be easier to swallow.
Try expressing some milk before the nursing session to relieve fullness and weaken milk flow for your baby to latch on comfortably.
Burp your baby frequently during the feeding session. This doesn’t change the
milk quantity, but does prevent air build-up and gas.
Try cold compresses before feedings. This relieves the burning sensation and
slows down milk release.
I loved my Booby Tubes - the breast packs I got from Earth Mama Angel Baby. They can be used chilled to reduce breast fullness (from oversupply), swelling and tenderness; or warmed up to promote let-down and encourage milk flow.
They can be used
chilled to reduce breast fullness (from oversupply), swelling and
tenderness; or warmed up to promote let-down and encourage milk flow.
You only need to get one box that contains two tubes and then use them -
warm or cold - for any issue with your breasts, including oversupply.
Besides their functionality, Booby Tubes are made with organic cotton on the
outside and filled with flax seed, NOT gel, to prevent burns. Safe, natural and
easy to use:
If your doctor determines that oversupply is the culprit, here are some things that worked for me and tremendously helped to get my milk supply under control:
Try one-side feedings. Offer your baby the same breast for several feedings
in a row. You may even have to feed from one breast the entire day and then switch to the other one at night. The key is to empty one breast completely before switching
to the other one. Doing this will decrease milk production and ensure your baby
is getting the fatty hindmilk.
If the unused breast gets uncomfortably full or engorged, pump some milk.
Not too much. We don’t want to stimulate milk production. We just need to
relieve the fullness. When the milk is not fully drained from the breast, the
body gets the signal that it is not needed and starts producing less.
Important: If there is blood in your baby’s stool, the doctor
(preferably, gastroenterologist) needs to be aware of it and closely
monitor your milk supply and your baby's condition.
on getting your milk supply under control, help your baby's intestines to heal by avoiding most common allergens. Stay away from wheat,
soy, nuts, corn, eggs, dairy and foods you craved
excessively during pregnancy. Give it some time. Healing may
take up to a month.
If your baby sleeps through the night, don’t wake him up for a feeding. Let your doctor evaluate your baby before doing it to make sure he is gaining weight well. When breasts don’t get emptied, your body gets the signal that no more milk is needed and produces less. If your breasts start leaking or feel overfilled at night, pump a little or use your
Booby Tubes to relieve discomfort.
Ask your doctor about decongestant medicine (like Sudafed). It is known to
lower milk production as a side effect. Don’t use without doctor’s approval.
In some severe cases of oversupply doctors may prescribe hormonal birth control. Double-check that it's safe for the baby.
Try 100% organic No More Milk Tea from Earth Mama Angel Baby. It is a herbal tea that contains Sage, Peppermint and Parsley - herbs that possess anti-galactagogue (reducing milk production) properties. It is naturally caffeine-free.
No More Milk Tea doesn't stop milk production overnight.
Anti-galactagogue herbs in the tea only slow down production and reduce
milk supply. The tea is safe for breastfeeding mothers.
with one cup a day and see what affect the tea has on your milk
production. Earth Mama Angel Baby recommends drinking up to three cups a
Besides the affect the tea had on my milk, I loved the taste of it - minty and refreshing. Delicious both hot and cold!