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    Default Sudden oversupply at 4.5 months

    In the first few months of breastfeeding, I had quite a bit of oversupply. I'd wake in the morning with milk everywhere, sleeping on towels, and constantly needing breastpads in my bras. I know this is normal, and eventually my supply regulated, after lots of block feeding. But this last week has been crazy! Suddenly I'm back to leaking at night, and woke up engorged on one side this morning. What could be causing this? My LO doesn't seem to be nursing any more or less than usual...Help?

    I'm Erin, wife to a wonderful husband, and first time mother of Baby Will - 05/13/2012

    "Keep calm and latch on!"

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    Default Re: Sudden oversupply at 4.5 months

    Oversupply is kind of weird- you think you have it beat only to have it come roaring back. That was my experience, anyways. I'd give it a couple of days and then maybe go back to block feeding.
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    Default Re: Sudden oversupply at 4.5 months

    I can only agree with pp and tell you I am going through the same right now with my almost 4 month old. I am trying block feeding/pumping and I pump the extra off when I get too uncomfortable. I also take lecithin to try and prevent clogged ducts.

    Molly

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    Default Re: Sudden oversupply at 4.5 months

    Are you back at work and pumping? For me, there's something about the pump that just ratchets up my supply (I know, a lot of women wish they had this problem!). Pumping slightly less frequently might help. Stretching out my pumping sessions to every 3.5-4 hours at work mimicked block feeding better for me. At home I was offering one side every two hours. At work I would do both sides every 4-ish hours.


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    Default Re: Sudden oversupply at 4.5 months

    Thank you ladies for the advice! I gave it a few days, and my supply has gotten mostly back to normal

    I'm Erin, wife to a wonderful husband, and first time mother of Baby Will - 05/13/2012

    "Keep calm and latch on!"

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