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Breastfeeding: Oversupply or forceful let-down? 10 tips that may helpDecember 7, 2017Lindsay Vandenberg, RN, BScN
Do you find your baby comes on and off the breast several times during a feed, leading you to believe that you may not have enough breast milk to satisfy your baby? Is your baby very fussy or cries a lot when trying to breastfeed? While breastfeeding can you hear your baby loudly gulping breast milk, coughing or choking?
You may actually have the opposite problem – you could have a forceful letdown or overabundant breast milk supply. It’s even possible that you could have a combination of both!
As a nurse who provides breastfeeding support on the phone, in parents’ homes, and in breastfeeding clinics, new parents often tell me that they feel they aren’t making enough milk to feed their baby. However, almost everyone can make enough breast milk to satisfy their baby and help their baby grow and develop well. In fact, perceived low milk supply is one of the most common reasons why parents stop breastfeeding or start supplementing with infant formula.
Common symptoms of a forceful milk letdown or overabundant milk supply:Baby:
10 tips to help with forceful breast milk flow and overabundant breast milk supply:
As your breast milk supply adjusts, you may need to begin to offer both breasts at each feed.
Author: Lindsay Vandenberg, RN, BScN
Article received by Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit
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