Babies whose moms have too much milk will often exhibit symptoms such as fussing, pulling off the breast, colicky crying, gassiness, spitting up, and hiccuping. They may want to nurse frequently, and they may gain weight more rapidly than the average baby who usually gains ounces each week during the first 3 or 4 months , or they may gain weight more slowly than the average baby. Their stools may be green and watery, and their bottoms may be red and sore. Mothers who produce too much milk may suffer from full, engorged breasts, plugged ducts, and mastitis.
The Ugly Truth About Breast Milk Oversupply: 10 Things You Need to Know
Too Much Milk and Oversupply - La Leche League GB
Sometimes a mother may make more milk than her baby needs. Although this may sound like a good problem to have, too much of any good thing can cause challenges — for baby and mother. Home Breastfeeding Info Oversupply. What are some signs of oversupply? Baby is restless during the feeding, may cry or pull off and on the breast. Baby may cough, choke, splutter, or gulp quickly at the breast, especially with each let-down. See Positioning Baby may clamp down at the nipple to try to stop or slow the rapid flow of milk.
Oversupply: Symptoms, causes, and what to do if you have too much milk
As a Breastfeeding USA Counselor, one of the most common issues parents contact me about is milk production. This topic comes up frequently in online breastfeeding support forums, too. Often the concern is low milk production, but you may be surprised how many questions are about oversupply. How can a plentiful milk supply be a bad thing? Others share symptoms of oversupply that are negatively affecting their nursing relationship.
If some of this sounds familiar to you, you may have a forceful let-down. This is often associated with too much milk oversupply. Forceful let-down runs the gamut from a minor inconvenience to a major problem, depending upon how severe it is and how it affects the nursing relationship. Since forceful let-down is generally a byproduct of oversupply, most moms will be working on both of these things.