Oversupply can have devastating consequences for both mom and baby. It can be heartbreaking ... it was for me. Addie has been through countless nursing strikes and got so terrified to nurse for fear of choking and gagging that she developed a nursing aversion and would scream in fear when I even began to put her into nursing position.
Originally Posted by mummy
Since I'm typing with one hand here, I'm gonna just post something I wrote in another post about her refusing to nurse that may help others to understand just how difficult an oversupply issue can be:
"I cannot describe how emotionally painful those months of my baby refusing to nurse were. Every day revolved around trying to coax her back to nurse. Every time she refused (and she did so violently), it broke my heart a little more. I felt like I was failing her and like she was personally rejecting me. She would start crying when I just began to lay her down to nurse. And she was starving, clawing at my chest, but the second she saw my breast she'd lose it again. To watch us you would think I was poking her with needles she was so scared. The number one question family asked was, "Did she nurse?" and I found myself in tears right along with my baby every day."
While a low supply can be difficult and heart breaking too, oversupply is no less of a problem. Sorry if I'm coming on strong here, but I don't want others to get the idea that oversupply/OALD isn't really a serious problem with serious consequences.