Too much breastmilk? Too fast?

  • May 27, 2014
Too much breastmilkTips for coping with too much breastmilk and a fast flow.

In the first few weeks, it is common for mothers to make more milk than their baby needs. Early on, this can sometimes lead to engorgement. It can take about 6 weeks for your breasts to adjust to making the right amount of milk for your baby’s needs.

Some mothers make more milk than their babies can easily cope with. This is quite common in the first few weeks of breastfeeding, but for some mothers it can continue for longer.

It is also possible that you may have a normal supply but a fast let-down reflex.

You may be making too much milk if:

  • Your breasts seem to fill quickly.
  • Your breasts are often lumpy and tight, despite softening with a breastfeed.
  • Your baby gags, gulps (especially at the start of a feed) and often will not take the second breast.
  • Your baby may bring up quite a lot of milk at the end of the feed.

There are other reasons you might be making too much milk. Read more here and find great tips on managing lots of milk and a fast let down.

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