We all know and worry about low milk supply issues.
And while pregnant we all hope and pray that we will be able to breastfeed our children successfully and not suffer from said low supply issues.
But have any of you spent any time worrying about having TOO much milk?
I didn't even know such a think existed and if I had given it any thought it wouldn't have seen it as a problem.
And anyone who suffers from low milk supply can't see how it's a problem. Because how can having TOO much milk be a problem?
Well...it's a problem. And one that I don't hear discussed very often.
It turns what is supposed to be a calming soothing experience into a form of torture for your baby known as WATERBOARDING.
If you couldn't guess I have an oversupply issue.
And we're all drowning in a sea of milk over here.
You see, my body is convinced that it produced twins and has enough milk to feed those twins...and maybe a few other babies as well.
Do you know what happens when you make too much milk?
You have a crazy quick FORCEFUL letdown in which you milk comes shooting out of BOTH BOOBS regardless of which one the baby is on and tries to drown your infant.
My midwife compares it to having a firehose shoved down your throat.
DOESN'T SOUND CALMING OR SOOTHING DOES IT?
Well, my baby doesn't think so either.
In fact there is A LOT of coughing, sputtering, spitting up and burping every time we nurse. Which is still roughly every 1-2 hours during the day!
Baby latches on smoothly enough, but as soon as I feel that tingling of the letdown, off comes the baby choking and gagging on the firehose of milk while my boob sprays him and whatever else is in front of me with a geyser of milk.
I then have to somehow cover my geyser with a towel (without pushing on my nipple because I WANT the geyser to gush out into the towel to get rid of the excess milk and pushing on the nipple will staunch the flow) and soothe and burp the crying coughing gagging baby.
Really it requires 3 hands...at least
After the geyser is down to a trickle it's back to latching and sucking for awhile and then OH RIGHT THERE'S ANOTHER LETDOWN and we do it all over again.
Everyone INSISTS that around the 3 month mark the excess milk will start to calm down and my body will adjust the milk according to what baby actually NEEDS...and not try to feed all the babies in San Francisco.
I'm waiting patiently. But in the meantime...
There are several "remedies" to this oversupply, all of which we've tried, but we're still drowning.
I feed on only one boob for 3-4 hour blocks of time, once we get close to that 4th hour the boob FINALLY feels like it's emptying and baby can nurse calmly without coughing and gagging. But then the next feed is onto the heavy full boob and we start the routine all over again.
I feed in positions in which gravity is NOT helping the milk flow. Lots of getting baby latched and then leaning back so that the milk has to flow UPHILL. We also do a lot of baby in sitting positions rather than laying positions so that he can better deal with all the milk.
Sidelying also works really well as the excess milk just flows out the side of his mouth and he doesn't have to try to gulp it down. We both end up in a puddle of milk when sidelying but nighttime feeds are actually the easiest!
I'm also drinking peppermint tea everyday as peppermint is supposed to naturally help lower one's milk supply...so far nothing, but we're only 1 week in to Operation Peppermint.
Anyone else out there dealing with an OVERSUPPLY issue? And if so, what did you or are you doing about it? Anything work? Or do I just have to give it more time?