Breastfeeding can be nerve-racking, especially if you're new to the overall experience. So many new moms worry about not having enough milk or having issues latching or not being able to breastfeed at all. I definitely had all of those fears when I started breastfeeding my daughter, but it never hit me that oversupply would end up being my main issue. Turns out, having "too much" milk can be a thing, and I spent the majority of my time bombarded by he things every breastfeeding mother thinks when she realizes she has oversupply. Who would have thought, right? I'm telling you, motherhood is weird and, sometimes, breastfeeding can make it even weirder.
Oversupply isn't as commonly discussed as other, potential, breastfeeding problems, probably because many mothers hesitate to call it a "problem." I mean, when is too much milk for your baby a bad thing? I learned the hard way, though, that it can be a real issue. Oversupply can be the reason you're constantly soaking through your shirts or experiencing breast pain or even stomach pain. It can be the reason your child has trouble eating, because milk is being sprayed too forcefully into their tiny little mouths and it causes them to choke or sputter. Oversupply is so much more than just "too much milk," and it can leave you with some, well, interesting thoughts, to say the least.
Just like with any new experience and regardless of how breastfeeding goes for you, personally, you'll undoubtably have thoughts and feelings about this entire process and those thoughts and feelings will certainly overlap and juxtapose and make all the sense and very little sense. Due to oversupply, I freaked out the first time I breastfed and then started getting excited because breast pumps are a thing and they're wonderful. Every woman is different and every breastfeeding experience is valid, but here are a few things I imagine every woman with oversupply thinks while she breastfeeds: