Today, 10:05 AM
Every mom and baby pair is different. In many mothers, an overabundance of milk causes engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis (breast infection, potentially a very serious complication.) It may mean more copious leaking and overall breast discomfort.
IN some babies, an overabundance of milk causes gastrointestinal issues, and unhappiness with the fast and forceful flow of milk at the breast that at its worst causes out and out breast refusal.
If a mom has more milk than her baby strictly needs, but this is not causing any issues, then an overabundance of milk is not a problem.
A very high per session pump output would indicate a large breast storage capacity, more than over production, although of course both could be present. If a mom has a higher than average breast storage capacity, she may well not experience the some level of discomfort that a mom who has a smaller breast storage capacity and over production might.
In terms of breastfeeding longevity, by far the most important concern for the working mom is being sure breastfeeding is going as well as possible prior to mom's return to work, that mom has the time, space and equipment necessary to remove milk with reasonable frequency during her work day, and that baby is fed properly (rather than over fed) by baby's caregiver. How much milk a mom has stored in her freezer may help a mom feel more comfortable with the return to work, always a good thing, but is not going to significantly contribute to...