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Published on: 02 Nov 2016 by marissa1980
In most of the cases the new mothers face various troubles regarding breastfeeding their babies.
One of the most common of those problems is the supply of excessive milk or fast flow. Here are some of the possible solutions to this problem.
In the beginning of breastfeeding, for a few days, the mother can feel a bit heavy, tender and engorged breasts filled with milk. She may also have a slight fever. But these problems should not be confused with infection or mastitis. But if the problem continues and if she feels ill, she should better consult a doctor.
This problem usually occurs on the third or fifth day after starting breastfeeding. The breasts naturally grow very large during this time as it's the time when mature milk starts filling the breasts and makes them tight.
The mother should keep feeding her baby regularly and the amount of the milk supply will gradually match the baby's appetite. A newborn baby may suck breast milk 8 to 12 times a day(within 24 hours). A baby should not be fed with the help of a dummy or teat. It helps her learn how to feed quickly. She should only be allowed to use a dummy when she turns six weeks old.
If the mother's breasts become too full and heavy with milk, the nipples do not poke out properly. It then becomes difficult for the baby to attach to the nipple properly. The mother should express a little milk from her breasts to soften the areola that would be easier for the baby to attach properly. The mother should keep a careful eye on the fact that her baby is attaching perfectly.
She can even seek help from a health nurse if necessary.
How To Seek Relief?
To get some relief from such problem she should
- Wear a supporting bra which is not very tight and doesn't create a pressure on the breasts.
- Take hot shower or hot shake before each feed and a cold shower or cold shake after every feed
- Express a little amount of milk under the shower.
- If her breasts remain too heavy, filled and engorged she should express a good amount of milk either with the help of her hands or using breast pump.
- If the mother feels intolerable pain, she can take paracetamol.
Another problem, the mothers commonly face, is leaking milk. This usually happens if the breasts are too full. To solve this problem, she should
- Use breast pads which would absorb the excessive milk. But it's better to avoid the pads with plastic lining.
- Wear dark colored and heavily patterned dresses so that the damp stains to hide the damp stains.
- Change the pads and bra whenever they become wet.
- Sometimes, pressing the nipples for a few moments can give a relief from leaking for some time. But doing it frequently can give rise to blocked ducts.
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Excessively full breasts hasten the speed of milk supply. This naturally leads the baby to gulp the milk which can make a baby fussy and unsettled.
The flow should become normal within six to eight weeks. The following points can help the mother with the problem of fast flow.
- She can feed the baby more often to weaken the flow.
- If the mother somehow understands that the flow is fast by noticing the baby spilling or gulping milk, she should immediately break the suction and put the baby off the breast. She can wipe the extra milk with nappy or towel. She can massage her breasts to express some milk so the flow becomes slow and then start feeding her baby again.
- The mother should ensure that she is holding her baby in the perfect position. She should support the head of her baby with her hand. It's better to hold the baby underarm in an upright position
- The mother can even use a sling to hold the baby.
Hope you find these tips helpful. If you have any questions or feedback please do contact us.