Before 6-8 weeks postpartum, babies are less likely to be able to deal with a large let-down and the mother’s body may not yet be adjusted to the amount of milk that is appropriate for the baby’s use.
Tip for breastmilk oversupply
- Position changes; position baby so his head/neck is higher than mother’s breast. Positions that gravity is working against milk flow
- Block feeding; nurse baby on the same side for several feedings in a row
- Burp baby frequently
- Nurse more frequently before baby becomes aggressively hungry and before pressure builds
- Put baby on breast. When let-down happens, remove baby from breast until the flow subsides, then put baby on to nurse again
- Pump or express milk only enough to relieve built up pressure Do not use before 6 weeks, some people report these herbs being to strong to use for milk oversupply and should be used in more extreme cases for stopping milk production; like in the case of accelerated weaning.
- Sage tea (with caution) can be used as a natural form of estrogen to decrease milk supply. Discontinue use when milk supply stabilizes
- 1-2 drops peppermint oil, with carrier oil, on top of each breast (after feeding, NOT before or during)…this may decrease milk supply drastically
Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor nor a lactation consultant and I take no responsibility for you using these methods, or for any effects they may have on you or your baby. Use at your own risk. Consult your care provider.
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