Hi. My daughter is five days old and I have an oversupply issue that is impacting our ability to form a strong nursing relationship. It started day 2.
We had a natural home birth.
I have had this problem with my previous children as well and it always results in breast infections, fevers, green and gassy poops and other struggles.
I'm wondering if anyone here can help me.
My breasts seem to immediately produce about 10 ounce on each side within just 48 hours after delivery. I only have the baby nursing on one side per every three to four hours. I only pump to relieve enough tension to be able to function.
My breasts are so full that raising my arms is very painful and it is very hard to get my baby latched because my nipples are so stretched out and flat.
I've gotten advice ranging from pump it all completely out and start fresh -- to don't pump at all and it will resolve in 12 hours. (THAT didn't work.)
I've looked into herbal remedies to cut milk supply but have been told by experts not to try these because they might cut my supply too much. And that is the last thing I want to do.
What should I do?!