Many mothers are worried that their babies will not get enough milk. But many actually experienced the opposite in the first week of postpartum, because the milk produced was apparently flooded. The rush of milk that comes out and is difficult to control, can make a baby choke or have difficulty breathing when breastfeeding. Some babies can even experience difficulty during breastfeeding because they are overwhelmed by the heavy flow of milk. Excessive milk production also sometimes leaks out, making you restless and uncomfortable (especially if it leaks outside the house). Is this normal?
There are several reasons why your body produces too much milk. The mother's body naturally produces large amounts of milk from the beginning of breastfeeding. In other cases, the condition of excess breast milk may be caused by a mismanagement of breastfeeding, because you want to provide as much as possible the supply of breast milk to make sure the baby is fulfilled with nutritional needs. In fact, the supply and expenditure system of breast milk will gradually adapt itself in the months ahead, so that the milk comes out according to your baby's needs and will no longer come out excessively. To get around the leaky milk, always bring a towel to dry you and your baby during breastfeeding, and try some of these techniques to slow down the flow of milk.
- If your baby is panting while breastfeeding, try to stop breastfeeding for a moment. When the flow of milk that comes out starts to slow down and the baby is no longer panting, put the little one back on your breast.
- Just feed your baby with just one breast at one time breastfeeding. Don't move around. In this way, your breasts will drain more and your baby will only be flooded once with milk.
- When breastfeeding, gently massage your areola to help control milk flow.
- Position your baby in a sitting position. Some babies will let milk drip out of their mouth to overcome this problem.
- Try breastfeeding with your mother leaning back or sleeping on her back with your baby lying on your chest (even though this position may sometimes be difficult).
- Briefly milk before breastfeeding so that the flow of milk is not too heavy, so the baby will not be overwhelmed by milk. Then you can position the baby for suckling.
Don't be tempted to reduce your fluid intake. Either increasing or decreasing fluid intake will greatly affect your milk production. Reducing drinking won't cause you to produce less milk, but it can cause problems for your health.
If you are worried about this, contact your doctor or health professional for help and advice.