Re: 2 week old- start pumping?
Welcome to the forum!
I'm glad your nursing friends gave you such good advice. They were absolutely right that continuing to pump was only making a difficult situation worse.
When a mom is dealing with overproduction, engorgement, or uncomfortable fullness, there is generally no need for her to pump. In fact, the more she can avoid the pump, and simply nurse on demand, the sooner the fullness of the undrained breast will give her body the message that it is making too much milk, and the sooner her body will respond by reducing supply. How long it takes for the message to come across and the body to respond will differ for every mother, so it's impossible to answer your question about when things will get better.
The only exceptions to the general rule are in cases of severe discomfort or infection. If a mom is finding the pressure of the overfull breast to be unbearable, it is okay for her to remove some milk. She can either pump or, preferably, she can hand-express, since that is generally thought to be less stimulating to supply. The goal is to remove only as much milk as is necessary to restore comfort. That way the breast is still giving out the "I'm really full, please slow down production" cue to the body.
In the case of breast infection (mastitis), concerns about overproduction become secondary. If you come down with mastitis, you want to empty the affected breast as much as possible. While mastitis often results in decreased production, a lot of pumping can increase production. But once the mastitis is gone, you can work on getting production to decrease again.
Dealing with oversupply is often a "two steps forward, one step back" process. So don't get too frustrated if you see some setbacks as you work on the problem.
If your baby is struggling with fast flow, the first thing to try is reclined nursing positions. When you recline, gravity slows the milk flow to the baby.
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