Just as there are mothers who worry because they believe that they do not produce enough milk, on the other side we find those women who have excessive milk production and do not know what to do to control it. What to do when there is excess milk production while you are breastfeeding? If this is your case, do not hesitate to read this article: in which we give you some tips to help you overcome this situation, which, although unusual, is very annoying.
And it is not only annoying for the mother, who has that permanent feeling of very loaded breasts, with constant dripping, and that often even stains the clothes, it can also be unpleasant for the baby, because with so much milk production chokes easily without knowing how to regulate the exit of it. This situation can cause the baby to cry out of anger at not being able to feed properly, even being able to reject the breast for this reason.
Many nursing mothers wonder why it is and the answer is simple. During the first weeks of your baby's life, the amount of milk you produce may be more than he needs, because the hormone that produces milk, called prolactin, is in your blood in high peaks due to constant sucking. of your baby. Your breasts are not 'educated' or 'regulated' about how much they need to produce to be able to cover your baby's milk needs and remain below what it would demand, so there is an excess that, little by little, it will be said regulating.
Do not forget that the chest works like a factory, that is, the more the product is sold, the more the manufacturer produces; In the same way it happens with the breast, the more suction there is or the greater the milk extraction is carried out, the greater your production will be! What can you do? First, be calm and patient, and then follow these tips that I will detail below:
1 express milk before feeding your baby to the breast
Of course, you should take out a small amount, because if you express too much and leave the breast empty, you will stimulate the production of milk and you would not be solving the situation but on the contrary, aggravating it; By expressing just a little milk, the baby will latch on without difficulty, because the flow will decrease considerably. In addition, with this gesture you prevent the baby from drinking the milk at the beginning of the feeding, which is very rich in lactose - present in characteristic symptoms such as colic or gas - obtaining more milk at the end of the feeding, rich in fatty acids (satiates hunger helps you gain weight and grow).
2. Change your breastfeeding position.
It would be ideal if you would breastfeed your baby lying down or lying down; in the wheelie position, in which the baby feels it in front of your chest; or lying with your back towards the bed and the baby on your chest. These are the positions that will favor you the most, since the flow will be less.
3. Try to take long feedings of the same breast
If the baby comes off the breast and after 20 minutes or an hour he asks again, offer him the same, in this way the other breast will be filled with a substance called Lactation Inhibiting Factor (FIL), which sends a signal to the brain not to produce more milk because that breast is not emptying. But you must be careful with this, because it could have the opposite effect and stop producing or having problems with mastitis and breast engorgement. I recommend that despite having done the first two tips and it does not work for you, you go to a lactation consultant or professional to help you with this method!
4. Use breast pads
To absorb the milk, do not stain your shirt if you are in a public place and do not feel the typical discomfort of excessive milk production.
And finally, do not despair. This is only temporary and once breastfeeding is established, your breasts will know how to regulate the amount of milk necessary for your baby.
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