For some women, the may produce more milk than their baby needs.This is called a oversupply of milk, or hyperlactation.
When your baby is about three to five days old, it’s very common for your breasts to become very full for a few days as your milk comes in.
This can cause your breasts to feel like they are uncomfortable and engorged.
If you feel engorged the majority of the time and find your milk supply is more than your baby needs, this may be an oversupply.
Sometimes a generous amount of milk can make feeding uncomfortable and stressful for you and your baby.
Usually an oversupply with settle down by about six to eight weeks if you’re feeding responsively according to your baby’s feeding cues.
There are a few things you can try to make feeding with an oversupply a bit more comfortable:
- breastfeeding more regularly
- try hand expressing a little before a feed, to take the edge off any discomfort you may be feeling
- making sure your baby has a good latch. This can help them cope with a faster milk flow better
- try and feed your baby in a laid back feeding position. It can help to slow the flow down a little if your baby finds it hard to latch