Re: Engorged while taming OS, OUCH Please help :(
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Managing oversupply is more of an art than a science. You want to go by feel rather than by the clock. So if you're at work and you're feeling uncomfortable, it's okay to pump, or preferably hand express, as that is supposed to be less stimulating to supply. You want to remove just enough milk to restore your comfort, rather than thoroughly draining the breast. The benefit of taking out a small amount of milk is that you maintain your comfort, you keep milk flowing through the breast (which is good for keeping mastitis and plugs at bay), and you leave the breast full enough that your body continues to get the message that it is overproducing, and it should therefore eventually throttle back on supply.
If you're wondering what "eventually" means, unfortunately there is no way to say. Some moms will find that their milk supply will adjust literally overnight. For other moms, it could take days, weeks, or even months. If your oversupply is persistent, try to be patient with your body and remember that a little oversupply can be a good thing, when mom is at work and needs to fill bottles. Oversupply now might not be such a bad thing if it means less trouble bringing back pumped milk at 8 or 9 months, when a lot of working moms hit a "pump slump".
One thing you really shouldn't worry about is the green, explosive poops and the gas. They are an annoyance, not a health problem, and well worth it as the price of being an exclusively breastfed baby.
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