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Milk oversupply happens when a mother makes more milk than her baby uses. It is sometimes called overabundant milk supply or hyperlactation.
Many things influence how much milk you produce. The two most important things are how often you breastfeed or pump your breasts and how well your breasts are emptied. So the more often you feed your baby and empty your breasts, the more milk your body produces.
Your baby's symptoms may include:
Your symptoms may include:
Many moms feel frustrated when they have too much milk. But there are things you can do to care for yourself and your baby.
If you think you have too much milk, talk to your doctor or lactation consultant. He or she can help you find out if you have a problem with your milk supply. Your doctor or lactation consultant may advise you to:
If your breasts still feel uncomfortable after nursing, try a cold compress to reduce swelling. You can use a frozen wet towel, a cold pack, or a bag of frozen vegetables. Apply it to your breasts for 15 minutes at a time every hour as needed. To prevent damage to your skin, place a thin cloth between your breast and the cold pack.
Current as ofSeptember 5, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
Current as of:
September 5, 2018
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology, Reproductive Endocrinology
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