Most breastfeeding moms worry that they won't be able to produce enough milk for their baby. But having more than enough milk? Wouldn't that be the opposite of a problem? Not exactly. Some mothers have what is called an oversupply of breast milk, which actually can make it very difficult to nurse their baby effectively. If you have an oversupply, you know just how painful it can be, both for you and your baby. But what are the reasons you're making too much milk? It's not always an easy problem to solve.
Some of the most common signs of oversupply are your baby choking or sputtering during letdown, pulling away or arching their back during feedings, short sessions and recurring hunger shortly after, and painful engorgement in your breasts, according to Belly Belly.
Although the reasons behind oversupply aren't usually ambiguous or hard to figure out, it can be a fairly tricky problem to correct. According to La Leche League International (LLLI), there are lots of strategies for slowing your milk production, all of which take intentional effort to implement. But, over time, if you're taking steps in the right direction, your body should get the hint and start producing less milk, allowing you and your baby to nurse comfortably. If you notice you suffer from oversupply, here are a few reasons why.