Re: Ongoing Engorgement-Getting Discouraged!!
Can you tell us the long story about the other breast? Feeding on both sides could help this problem- the way to get supply to go down in a breast is to use it less, and it's going to be hard to do when you're only feeding on one side.
That being said, it should be possible to deal with nighttime engorgement even if you just nurse on one side. Things you could try:
- waking the baby to nurse partway through the night
- a cup or peppermint or sage tea before bed (they're supposed to be helpful w/ oversupply)
- pumping/expressing during the night just enough to restore comfort (this will allow supply to decrease, just more slowly than if you simply put up with the engorgement)
- if you are pumping/expressing in addition to nursing, stop doing that
Be patient, Mama! Dealing with oversupply is, in my experience, a 2 steps forward 1 step back process. It's not something that goes away in a night. Oversupply is totally annoying, but it's not a given that oversupply will generate plugged ducts or mastitis. So if that fear is driving you nuts, I give you permission to let it go. Also, if you have oversupply one thing you absolutely don't want to do is wean cold turkey- the key to comfortable weaning is to go slow. It's just like coping w/ oversupply. Ironic, isn't it?!
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