Re: Too much milk in one breast!
Overproduction can be persistant, and you may need to put up with fullness, engorgement, and leaking for some time before your body gets the message and responds by reducing supply. The keys to dealing with oversupply are, generally, patience and time.
Obviously you can't not pump at work! But you might want to try the following:
- Instead of pumping the overproducing breast, hand-express when it gets too full. Hand expression is thought to be less stimulating to supply than pumping.
- Proactively offer the left breast to the baby when you're home. Use it first at every feeding. Overproduction may stem from the baby's preference for the fast-flowing, high-producing breast over the slow-flowing, lower producing breast. Get the baby to even out production by giving the left side more stimulation, even when you're home with the baby.
- Wear patterned shirts to work- they'll make the leaking less noticeable.
- Use fridge-cold, clean cabbage leaves to treat the engorgement. Just tuck them into your nursing bra. Cool compresses should also help.
How much are you pumping each time?
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