Re: Newborn and extreme oversupply
Welcome and congratulations on the new baby! I'm sorry you have such an extreme oversupply problem. That must be very uncomfortable.
The key to reducing milk supply is to leave as much milk ass possible sitting in the breast for as long as possible. The body eventually detects that milk is just sitting, and is not required, and reacts by decreasing supply. For some women, the decrease in supply happens fairly quickly, in hours or days. For others, it can take days, weeks, even months of leaving milk sitting in the breast before the body finally decides that it would be a good idea to reduce supply.
So, how do you leave milk sitting in the breast? You block feed, feeding the baby from only one breast for more than one feeding in a row. Some moms only need to do short blocks- say 2-3 hours- before they see an effect. Other moms need to do longer blocks- perhaps 6 hours or even more- to get their bodies to decrease supply.
The unfortunate thing about block feeding is that when a mom has an extreme oversupply, block feeding means that the unused breast is going to be very full, perhaps painfully so, for a long time. And being full is more likely to result in plugged ducts and mastitis. Nice, right?! If you are painfully full, you can either put up with it, or you can pump, or better yet hand express, just enough milk to restore comfort. Removing that minimum amount will keep your supply a little higher than if you don't remove any milk at all, slowing the process of supply reduction, but it's probably worth the price.
Since you have such an extreme oversupply, I would not hesitate to try the herbal methods of reducing supply. Cold cabbage leaves, peppermint or sage tea. I doubt that they would be sufficient to reduce your supply too much. Just be cautious with them. As soon as you feel like you're close to where you want to be, discontinue them.
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