Successful Breastfeeding Blog
Evidence based advice, support, and education for modern families.
If there is one problem plaguing breastfeeding women I would have to say oversupply is a top contender. We talk a lot about oversupply for good reason. Actually, our top blog post of all time covers this topic in depth... and it's popular for a reason.
What is oversupply? I'm glad you asked! Oversupply is a breastfeeding condition where the lactating individual is producing more milk than their baby can actually drink, usually in excessive amounts. I'm not talking being able to pump a reasonable amount like 3-4 extra ounces in 24 hours, I'm talking about people who are expressing several ounces (or more) multiple times every day. Having too much milk may seem like a good thing, right? In reality though it can make your body uncomfortable, and can cause symptoms of lactose overload in your baby- which leads to a very sad baby. (And also early weaning... I'll get to that in a minute... first I need to touch on something else important.)
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Here's what usually happens when you have an oversupply,
and your breastfed baby comes to the breast to nurse....
Your baby will latch on to the breast, and take a suckle or two. Normally a baby has to work for a let down, but when you have an oversupply it doesn't take much for the floodgates to open. After that initial contact with your breast, your milk starts flowing, Your baby's eyes go wide, they pull back their heads, wiggle their bodies, and start to make clicking sounds with their sucks. They're swallowing rapidly, gulping, and sometimes even cough or choke on the milk flow. When they let go there's milk everywhere and you're scrambling for towel. Then they come back on and repeat until things settle down, and just a few short minutes later the feeding is over.
She recently was supported by the Successful Breastfeeding LLC team to correct her oversupply and solve the issues that were making her breastfed baby really fussy and uncomfortable. Check out what she had to say about her experience working with our established virtual lactation practice.
I'm Kelly! As far as credentials go I am a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Certified Lactation Educator (CLE), HUG trained, breastfeeding counselor, a mother of 4 beautiful kids, and advocate for families. My personal experience with breastfeeding fueled my passion, and generated my mission. I founded Successful Breastfeeding because I saw a need for a better, more thorough, and individualized support for breastfeeding moms- especially working breastfeeding moms! I provide an approach to breastfeeding support that you won't find anywhere else! Breastfeeding is not one size fits all, and breastfeeding support should not be either!
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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