Tips for Dealing with an Oversupply of Breastmilk
[Editor's Note: We hear a lot about how moms struggling with breastmilk supply can bump their production. What we see less of, however, is what moms with an oversupply can do to to make things easier for themselves, their babies and the gaping public as they're being sprayed with milk. Erin at The Fierce Beagle shared some laughs as well as some serious tips on what to do with all that extra milk. Grab an umbrella and go read. -Jenna]
As part of my genetic code, I've inherited what La Leche League euphemistically refers to as "enthusiastic breasts." My nurse sister-in-law, on the other hand, more accurately if bluntly explains my situation by saying "you could feed the whole block."
Since I'm breastfeeding Oliver, I have to deal with my surplus of milk as well as what is known as overactive letdown. A newborn just can't deal with the resulting amount of milk and speed of milk flow, although he has tried valiantly. He inevitably ends up coughing, sputtering, gagging, and later on, tooting up a storm. Hahaha! Now we're talking about gas!
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