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.

  References:

Essential Oils Academy, (n.d). Pregnancy & beyond.

Wambach, K., & Riordan, J. (Eds.). (2016). Breastfeeding and human lactation (5th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

       Morell, S. F., Cowan, T. S. (2013). The nourishing traditions book of baby & child care. Washington, DC: New Trends Publishing, Inc.

Kelly Bonyata. (2018, March 17). Forceful Let-down (Milk Ejection Reflex) & Oversupply.