High Milk Supply - How to Handle?
Created by Cheena M Gujral Updated on Jul 30, 2018
There are many mothers who feel disappointed with less breast milk supply and are working on improving the flow for their child, while there are other moms too, who are having abundant milk production and doing every step to control it.
What is hyperlactation?
Excessive milk supply is termed as hyperlactation. It could start even before the child is couple of days old and goes until she is four to five months old. Every mother has her own duration of milk surpluses.
Signs and Symptoms of over milk supply.
When milk supply is over than the desirability, it is showing signs for both mother and the baby.
- She will feel full and bulky breast most of times.
- Pain and heaviness while feeding the baby due to speedy flow.
- Lying down is also a problem many a times.
- Leaky breasts with jets of milk cause embarrassment and discomfort.
When baby is sucking milk more than requirement, she will give you hints of her hardships.
- Gassy and colicky crying is common in such cases
- Baby may chokes, gags and struggle with breast while suckling.
- Hiccups and indigestion could be a symptom.
- Inappropriate weight gain is seen in babies due to imbalanced hind and foremilk intake.
- Reflux of milk or spitting is natural when jet of milk is at expense of a baby.
- She may nurse for few minutes and then stop amd clamp down on nipples.
- Massive stools and wet diapers are symptoms of too much lactose with breast milk.
Causes of hyperlactation?
From hormonal to physical, there are many reasons for over milk supply in mothers
- Alveoli or milk glands are generally 100000 to 300000 in number. The mothers with high milk production have more glands to secrete milk.
- More pumping or extracting milk , automatically increase more production to complete the balance.
- If baby is hyperactive in sucking the breasts which will induce the glands to produce more.
- Hormonal imbalance or medications can also increase the flow of breast milk.
- Combination of overactive letdown with imbalance of foremilk and hindmilk triggers hyperlactation.
How to handle hyperlactation?
- Try with new lactation postures to relax the paining breasts. Side by side feeding facing baby can help dripping the extra milk over towel.
- Offer controlled feeding to your baby. Try to feed her before she is too empty so that sucking is done calmly and slowly.
- Feeding from one breast for 2-3 shifts is a good idea. Avoid offering other breast until the first is empty. Doing this helps baby to have both fore( initial milk) and hind milk( later fatty milk)
- Pump a little bit of milk, before you breastfeed your baby. This will protect her from the jet spray of milk and help in comfortable feeding session.
- Nipple shields can be advised in extreme discomfort.
Home remedies for controlling high milk supply?
- Coconut is a magic ingredient. Roast it and Grate to apply on the breasts for 2 to 3 hours. It will help in decreasing the milk production.
- Geranium leaves are medicinally well acclaimed. Crush them and make a paste to be applied over breasts. Dry it and wash to have useful effects.
- Parsley is well known for its oxytocin effects. Washed, boiled and crushed parsley paste or soup is useful in controlling milk abundance.
- Cabbage leaves are much talked about in midwives. Keeping them over breast for hours may help moms to relax the excessive milk.
- Jasmine flower is magnificent with it aroma and healing. Just keeping them wrapped in cloth over breasts will help mommies get rid of full breasts.
- Green sage tea when consumed while bedtime, also help in managing excess of milk supply being anti inflammatory.
- Soaked green gram when applied as paste helps a lot.
- Soaked lentils with ghee forms a mixture, to be directly applied. This works well in hyperlactation.
Excess milk supply to baby or more production of breast milk in mums may be creating trouble for both, though it can be easily managed of its own once a baby matures and mothers body get adjusted to the hormonal saga in her body. So start working with basic steps to deal with the expressiveness.
| Aug 01, 2018
I had same problem with my baby when he was 4 months. old. all the time my breasts used to be hard and full. baby had very tough time. he developed lactose intolerance. then I had to reduce feeding to 50% . and started soy milk. after 20 days again started normal feeding. now everything is fine.
| Aug 01, 2018