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Over-supply?

For the past few days it seems like I have an over supply of milk... I've been leaking all over and DS will sometimes unlatch and cough/choke.  When he does that I spray all over Embarrassed

I'd like to be pumping in addition to BFing so DS can get used to a bottle and I can have some milk frozen for when I go back to work, but I'm worried pumping will increase my supply even more.

Any tips or suggestions for dealing with this?

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Re: Over-supply?

  • I had a similar situation starting when DS was about 3 weeks old.  I would use a hand pump to relieve the engorgement but then I just ended up making even more milk because I didn't know to pump only to take the edge off, not til I was empty.  From what I've heard/read you should be ok if you pump or hand express just enough to relieve the fullness.  I stopped pumping and tried block nursing and that helped reduce my supply to a more manageable amount.  I've decided to stop trying to fix my oversupply and for the past month or so I've been hand expressing in the middle of the night and in the morning, about 10-14 oz. per day that I'm donating. This has not increased my supply at all.

    I would try pumping a little before you nurse so you reduce the force of your flow a bit and then pump a little after so that you get some hindmilk in the mix.  A manual pump would probably work well for this.  You won't build a huge stash this way but it likely won't cause an increase in supply.  Once LO starts sleeping longer stretches you can pump in the middle of the night to build more of a stash.

    As far as the spraying/choking, the only thing that helped was DS getting bigger and better able to handle it.  He still pulls off in the beginning quite a bit but he doesn't gag anymore.  I just always have burp cloths w/ us whenever we nurse so I can catch the spray and wipe his chin. 

    My supply has regulated this past week where I no longer feel full throughout the day and I also only leak at night now instead of all the time.  I've heard this is common around 12 weeks.

    Good luck!

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  • I feel your pain! i've had problems with oversupply/forceful letdown for a while now. i've tried block feeding (feeding on same side for few consecutive feedings), nursing with her in more upright position, expressing an ounce before feeding etc etc. You can hand express just enough to reduce the engorgement. It's sure makes nursing in public difficult as she tends to pulll off and it gets everywhere!

    i've had to pump due to engorgement most mornings. i have to, otherwise it just leaks and gets all over the bed. that's how i've built up my freezer stash. i think oversupply is a temporary thing for most women, i guess i'm just weird since mine hasn't really gone away despite different interventions. i guess i'm gonna have to live with it.

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  • Thanks for the tips ladies, it's nice to know I'm not the only one making a sticky mess when feeding DS!
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