Re: Pumping to help relieve oversupply
Aw, dealing with OS is really tough. I had it bad with my second son, and there was a point where I felt like I had to pump. Like you, I was worried about plugged ducts and mastitis, and since he was a really good sleeper at night, I was up almost every morning at about 4am *extremely* uncomfortable. So, I pumped. I gave myself 30 seconds on the pump, with whatever breast was more full and it really helped. I could've pumped more, but the relief that I got from that 30 seconds was amazing. Then when he would wake, I'd nurse him off the other side, to relieve that engorgement. I didn't find it had an effect on my supply, but I only did it when I really felt like I had to - I don't believe it was every night.
Hang in there - if you absolutely feel the need to pump, do it. But be very careful not to do it too much. Only if it's really necessary.
Mommy to L - May 7, 07' , B - February 7, 09' , and R - August 18, 12'