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    Default Oversupply Out of Control

    A little history is that my son was a preemie and I exclusively pumped for about the first 6 weeks due to frustrations and my son having a hard time latching. Now that he’s bigger breastfeeding has become a success, but I am scared to cut back on pumping for fear that I won’t produce enough milk.

    I have been breastfeeding at home and pumping for bottle feeding when he is in daycare. I pump about 10-16oz per session 5 times a day (6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm, and 10 or 11pm). I’ve tried cutting back on pumping, but I get so engorged and it gets so painful.

    I’d like some advice on how to get rid of this oversupply because breastfeeding causes my LO to have such bad gas and he has all of the symptoms of an oversupply (gassiness, 10-15 wet diapers, choking when feeding, etc…).

    Any help and advice would be appreciated.

    Thank you

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    Oh and I wanted to add the he is 9 weeks and gaining weight really well. He was 4lbs 15oz at birth and at 8 weeks he weighed 9lbs 8ozs. His poos are erratic - sometimes they are green and sometimes they are mustardy seedy. I have also noticed that they are a bit more smellier than usual.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Northern CA

    Default Re: Oversupply Out of Control

    To help get your supply under control, you will need to cut back on the pumping. Since you are producing so much, you will have to cut back very slowly. First start by limiting the volume you pump. If you are currently pumping 5oz from each side, try stopping at 4oz. This should be enough to relieve your discomfort, but it will also help send the signal to your body to produce less. You can also try to gradually stretch out the time between sessions. If you are currently pumping every 3 hours, try going 3.5 or even 4 hours. The key will be to reduce your pumping very SLOWLY.

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    May 2006

    Default Re: Oversupply Out of Control

    Excellent advice from the PP.

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    I agree on cutting back on pumping very slowly. Also, the specialist I saw for my hyperlactation issues recommended that I stop double-pumping. Apparently, when you pump both breasts at the same time, it stimulates your body to produce more milk (twins anyone?). It takes longer to pump one breast at a time, but it does help cut back on the supply.

    You could also try alternating breasts when you pump...as in pump one breast to empty and pump the other to comfort (you will need to decide what that means -- for some it is no more than 1 or 2 ounces; for me it was 4or 5). Then a few hours later, pump the other side to empty, and the first side to comfort. There is also a study that recommends draining both breasts completely first thing in the morning, to start off the day. Draining the reservoir of milk (or "milk lakes" as the study called them) that accumulates overnight was shown to be effective when combined with block feeding.

    There is some great info on block feeding on this website, and a lactation consultant can help with that too. Just watch carefully for clogged ducts and mastitis. They can come on quickly when cutting back supply.

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