Oversupply

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Oversupply
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Tue, 03-08-2011 - 9:57pm

I've been doing my research today and I am pretty positive I have an oversupply issue (not sure if it's relevant, but I lactated for years after Ray was weaned).

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In reply to: kdoerpholz
Mon, 03-14-2011 - 5:04pm
I had oversupply Kate. I did block feeding, between 2-4 hour blocks. I also pumped twice a day, usually at night and in the morning. I think the block feeding helped a lot, though.
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In reply to: kdoerpholz
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 1:25pm
I always have oversupply for the first 6 weeks or so. Since you're going back to work, I would just take advantage of it and pump whenever you can. I don't really think in the long run pumping is going to increase your oversupply. I always try to pump some when I have oversupply, and my supply still regulates after 6 weeks or so. Good luck!
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In reply to: kdoerpholz
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 10:28am
That's another thing I forgot - the nursing. I did the football hold until she was too long and her feet kept hitting the couch. and when I did the football hold I laid back in the chair a little so she was more elevated, that way she wasn't drowning nearly as much. They also say you can do the cradle hold with the baby on top of you.

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In reply to: kdoerpholz
Wed, 03-09-2011 - 10:08am
Honestly since you are going back to work, I would keep up pumping. Having a good frozen supply when you get back to work is important.

That being said with oversupply, I've had it both times with Eloise and Desmond and expect it again with newbie. I tried to only nurse one side for 2 hours, so anytime baby needed to nurse in that 2 hour period they got the same breast. It helps and makes sure baby gets hindmilk, which can be an issue with oversupply. I did not nurse lying down, except at night but I have heard it helps.

With Eloise I had the benefit of a nursing toddler, with Desmond I didn't and I did pump some, I was able to get 10+ ounces in a pumping session with a hand pump, on one breast, so I had some major oversupply, I did stop that and just pumped till it didn't hurt fairly quickly since I did not need a good freeze supply, I had one, I just never needed or used it. I am kind of afraid of my oversupply this time, because I don't have a nursing toddler, Eloise weaned herself at 22 months. I am hoping she restarts when baby is here. If not I probably will pump a bit to help engorgement but that is it.

It does get better, I think around 3 or 4 months, my supply started regulating more, and the milk production dropped. I would still have oversupply and if I pumped I could still get a ton, but my breasts stopped feeling consistently full at least.



Thank you for the sig Mary

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Registered: 02-26-2008
In reply to: kdoerpholz
Tue, 03-08-2011 - 11:36pm

Kate - I feel your pain..as nice as it is, it's awful at the same time. Gabby and I had this problem. My milk came in right around day 3 and with full force. My left breast was so full she couldn't latch on so I had to use a nipple shield. I used that for like4 days and then never had to use it again. I worked with an LC and that helped a lot. Gabby would be literally drowning in milk. She would get it so fast she would gulp. I would have to let her latch on, pull her off (give her a pacifier to keep her from screaming) and then put it into a cup or towel. The LC also suggested, which I did sometimes to pump for a few minutes before feeding. That helped Gabby get the hind milk. I also blocked nursed because she was eating every hour and not getting the hind milk. All this worked it self out and self regulated within about 4 to 6 weeks I think it was.

I still have to put it into a towel sometimes, but most of the time she stays latched on. It made it hard to breast feed her in public because of that, I was always afraid I was going to spray her.

I had started to pump but that did make it worse. If you have to I would manually express so you can not feel so uncomfortable. At 3 or 4 weeks I started pumping after my first two sessions in the morning. I literally would feed her, put her down on the blanket, in the bouncer or the swing and turn on the pump for 20 minutes.

GL and feel free to private message me with any questions. and reach out to a LC.