While some mothers struggle with a lack of breast milk, others – on the contrary, suffer from hyper lactation. When milk arrives more than the crumbs require, it is not good, but a serious problem for both the woman and the baby. In such cases, the question arises of a soft and safe reduction in the rate of milk formation.
And the problem can be fixed. If you know effective ways to reduce lactation, breast milk will be less in about a week.
Excessive production of breast milk gives a lot of inconvenience to a nursing mother. She is forced to regularly resort to additional pumping to prevent stagnation and further trouble with the breasts.
Babies of these mothers also have a hard time: it can be difficult to suck because of an excessively active milk flow, feeding becomes nervous and fussy. These difficulties are accompanied by less significant, but unnerving moments – unpleasantly overfilled breast pads, strong leakage of milk, a greater number of dirty diapers and diapers.
But if the mother wants to reduce the production of breast milk, you first need to understand whether it is really in excess.
The need to slow down the rate of formation of milk usually occurs in the case of hyperlactation. The main feature of this condition is a very rapid overflow of the chest.
For example, the baby ate only half an hour ago, and is not yet ready to suck again.
And my mother’s chest was already full, experiencing noticeable discomfort and even pain. If, under such conditions, a woman does not express at least a little secret, the risk of edema, duct blockage, lactostasis and subsequent mastitis (inflammation) increases.
Therefore, women often find themselves in a vicious circle: they cannot relieve their condition by decanting, and frequent emptying of the breast leads to even more milk production.
Most babies whose mothers experienced hyperlactation gain weight too quickly. Their natural desire is to suck often, and not just for the sake of getting food. But with each attachment, the child receives the next portion of food.
Therefore, the increase can be significantly higher than normal.
There is also a reverse situation: the weight of the crumbs increases more slowly than is acceptable for an infant. The reason for this may be a shortfall in milk, since it is difficult for a child to cope with its strong flow. He can often suck, but not actually get enough milk.
Weight gain can be hampered by regurgitation due to the swallowing of air during the feeding process.
When a mother has a lot of milk, there may be other peculiarities in her state of health and behavior of the baby during breastfeeding. They may accompany this state or not, so they cannot be considered reliable confirmation of excess milk production.
Other possible signs of hyperlactation include the following.
- Constant and abundant milk leakage. When the baby sucks one breast, milk actively flows from the other side. This situation may be between feedings. Sometimes mothers have to change several diapers on their breasts while sucking a baby. And during the day, throw out more than one pad for the bra. However, abundant leakage of secretion occurs in women without hyperlactation.
- Restless behavior of the child at the breast. Babies in very “dairy” moms often bustle around, get nervous and cry during feedings. They take and release breasts, hiccups, belch and can not cope with a strong stream of fluid.
- Milk beats active stream. This is a normal situation to start feeding. But it happens that the force of the flow does not weaken even after a few minutes.
- Short but frequent application. Since the abundance of milk does not allow the baby to suck calmly, he may ask for the breast too often. In this case, the duration of application may not exceed several minutes. Although, normally, healthy children are able to get enough for five to seven minutes of effective sucking.
- Excessive flatulence and strange stools. Toddlers with mothers with hyperlactation often have abnormal stools: frothy, watery, greenish hue.
- Repetitive duct blockage, lactostasis and mastitis. Excess secretion and its untimely excretion often lead to problems with the mammary gland. However, there are other reasons for these consequences (application errors, infectious disease, rare feedings).
Hyperlactic may be caused by hormonal features of the female body. Mothers may also encounter her, who carefully follow the advice to “strain to the last drop” after each feeding. An excess of milk appears with frequent breast changes in one feeding.
That is, the baby is shifted to the other side before he managed to completely empty the first one. It also happens when the recommendations are followed to keep the baby in each breast for a certain number of minutes, so that it must receive milk from both glands at a time.
Abundant milk production, it would seem, is not a problem at all. After all, many mothers are struggling to increase its volume. Meanwhile, hyperlactation can seriously disturb a baby.
Frequent and short sucking with constant breast changes leads to the fact that the baby does not completely empty the gland.
It receives predominantly “front” milk, rich in lactose (milk sugar). It has a very low percentage of fat, so it is less nutritious.
Normal crumb drinks it at the very beginning of feeding. With prolonged sucking, fat is added to it.
And the longer the feeding, the more caloric milk the baby sucks.
If the crumb is applied often, but not for long, and at the same time in one feeding passes from one breast to another, he gets exactly the “front” milk. The intestine is filled with excess lactose with reduced fat content. This disrupts the normal digestion processes and leads to a rumbling in the stomach, excessive gas accumulation, frothy and green stools.
Naturally, these problems disturb the baby and spoil his mood.
Certain changes in the organization of breastfeeding can reduce excessive milk secretion. There are four strategies to slow milk production.
- One breast for one feeding. At one time, you should offer the baby milk on one side only. If he again wants to attach less than in a half or two hours, give him the same chest. This will allow the second breast to remain filled for several hours. And in the complete mammary gland, the development of a new secret proceeds much more slowly than in an empty one. It works a special inhibitor that suppresses lactation. If you feel a strong discomfort, you can slightly express the second chest with your hands. As soon as relief comes, you need to stop.
- One breast for multiple feedings. If the first option did not bring a significant result within five to seven days, it is worth increasing the time intervals between breast changes. That is, breastfeeding can stretch up to 12 hours. During this time, the mother can have time to attach the baby two, three or more times. As soon as there is a painful spreading on the other side, the child should be moved onto this breast. Or you can slightly relieve your condition by decanting. The interval between breast changes is increased smoothly, so as not to cause additional difficulties with the mother’s well-being.
- Use nipples. Kids love to suck, not only for food. This process calms them down, helps to sleep and relax. Especially vividly the need for sucking is expressed in infants of the first year of life. Mom with hyperlactation cannot afford to offer the breast as often as the child wishes. Therefore, in between feedings, you can use the nipple. But it is important to remember that not all children can successfully combine the breast and its substitutes. The principle of their sucking is very different. Therefore, the mother needs to monitor the correctness of attachment during the period of using the nipples.
- Herbs and pills to reduce lactation. Such appointments can only be done by a doctor. A frequent recommendation for such cases is tea with sage. In moderate doses, it is harmless. Although its ability to reduce the secretion of breast milk has no scientific evidence. Anti-lactation pills can be effective, but their use is associated with serious risks to the health of the mother. They have many side effects, such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, mental disorders, heart attack, stroke and even death. In addition, their use often does not exclude the need to bite on the chest.
It is believed that with the help of warm compresses with camphor oil, the condition of the breasts may improve, and the rate of formation of milk will slow down. In reality, camphor does not affect lactation.
Moreover, it is able to be absorbed through the skin, respiratory tract and penetrate into the mother’s milk in large doses.
While the volumes of milk have not become comfortable for mother and baby, you need to somehow continue breastfeeding. The strong flow of milk caused by the oxytocin reflex prevents the baby from quietly sucking.
So that the baby can safely feed, you can try four tricks while feeding.
- Pinch the nipple. At the time of intensive release of milk from the breast, you can bend the nipple (as if to press the hose) or press it inside (“press the bell”). This will allow the baby not to choke and give a break. However, for the mother, this method may not always be pleasant.
- Skip active milk flow. As soon as the pressure became too strong, and the child began to get nervous and choke, you can take it away from the breast and allow the milk to flow to the diaper. When the ejection force decreases, you can reapply the baby.
- Feed in a special position. Feeding in a pose when the mother is half-sitting, sitting or lying on her back, reduces the force of attraction, and the flow of milk decreases. The head of the child should be above the maternal breast.
- Feed lying on its side. Place a diaper under your chest. Excess milk will be drained directly from the corner of the baby’s mouth. This will not allow him to choke.
In attempts to “tame” lactation, nursing mothers often make the same type of mistakes. Because of this, they not only cannot cope with milk surpluses, but also aggravate the situation.
What should not mom do with hyperlactation:
- use the breast pump constantly;
- decant after each feeding;
- try to strain the chest “to the bottom”;
- often transfer the baby from one side to the other in one feeding;
- change breasts every feeding;
- to disregard the sensations of painful overcrowding of the breast;
- to crush, to press, to traumatize the gland;
- take herbs and drugs to suppress lactation uncontrollably;
- drag chest and wear tight underwear.
Nursing mothers with excessive milk secretion make a lot of effort to establish lactation in a comfortable mode. Many of them then tend to feed their babies as long as possible. Therefore, the slightest changes in the rhythms of breastfeeding cause anxiety and anxiety.
For example, it is believed that when you enter feed, the amount of milk decreases. In fact, complementary foods complement, rather than displace, breast milk.
Chest attachments persist approximately in the same daily amount (10-12 times), but they are otherwise distributed throughout the day. The grown-up baby is breastfed mainly around dreams and at night. And the day eats regular food.
Therefore, while maintaining a sufficient number of applications, milk production will not change even during this period.
Hyperlactic causes mothers to wonder how to reduce the amount of breast milk. To do this, there are elementary and effective ways that you just need to try in practice. There is another alternative: not to fight the abundant “milk rivers”, but to use them for the benefit of other children.
Some mothers prefer to become breast milk donors. They donate surplus to a special milk bank. And from there it is taken by women who, for various reasons, are not able to feed their children themselves.
So the problem of hyperlactation can be a wonderful way to help other babies maintain their health.