You've got it hyperlactation syndrome if you have a very abundant production of breast milk in the period you are breastfeeding. It is also called overproduction syndrome. If you find yourself constantly troubled by thrusting, your breasts continue to feel full after feeding, you leak a lot and your milk channels are in danger of hiding, you may be troubled by this. You can try to reduce production. But you can also let it run smoothly and use your overproduction during breastfeeding for a super good cause!
Just like the lady in the video below who suffers from a very severe form of hyperlactation syndrome.
This mother is like a milk factory!
The mother in the film has the hyperlactation syndrome. Her body produces more than 7.5 liters of breast milk every day! It's good that she sees it as a gift to help other mothers and babies because the hyperlactation syndrome is not always a pleasure. As she herself indicates, she never has any rest and considerable burden of stowage. Stowage is the sign that the milk production is well under way, but causes painful breasts. To alleviate this pain it is good to breastfeed or poke. For the lady from the video so a sign to fill some bottles again!
Do you also make too much breast milk and do you sometimes have to throw something away? Sin! With your precious milk you can help many other babies to healthy food! Donate that trade! You can do this by registering yourself at Breast Milk Network or Dutch Breast Milk Bank.
Why donate breast milk?
Because according to Unicef and the WHO, breastfeeding is really the best food for babies. Unfortunately, there are enough women who do not make enough milk, do not make milk or have to stop breastfeeding, for example because of breast infection. To help these women, you can donate your milk to them. You get it yourself completely free and for nothing! Before you donate milk you will be screened to determine the quality of your mother's milk. If you do the following things, you can not donate (but you should not do that if you are breastfeeding):
- Drink alcohol on a regular basis.
- Use medications on a regular basis.
- Using drugs.
If you are otherwise healthy, have no illnesses and keep a stable milk production going, you can simply donate. Contact them, the organization and many mothers will be very happy with you.
It may sound a bit like the hyperlactation syndrome is a gift from heaven because you can help other mothers, but that is not always the case. You can actually suffer from it. For example, you have a lot of discomfort (painful and swollen breasts) and you are more likely to have breast inflammation. In addition, it is not so nice for your baby. Because of the strong acceleration reflex (the milk that comes out of your chest when you put your child) your baby can choke, drink restlessly or spit a lot.
What you can do to reduce hyperlactation is block feeding. This means that you always give the same breast in blocks of for example 3 hours. So you do not change every breast nutrition. After that 3 hours you give the other breast. You will continue to feed on request. This way the breast is drained well and you prevent both breasts from being constantly stimulated.
Sometimes it may be necessary to properly empty your breasts prior to a block. Do this block feeding only under the guidance of a lactation consultant. So always discuss with your doctor or the consultation office your overproduction during bort nutrition. Make sure you do not poke too often!
Overproduction by flasks
Overproduction or hyperlactation syndrome can be caused by a genetic predisposition or by the way of breastfeeding. This is because breastfeeding is based on supply and demand. In the beginning you can make too much or too little milk. If you start feeding your child, the milk production will adapt accordingly. For that reason, it always takes some getting used to in the first days. If your baby needs more nutrition because your baby has grown, your breasts will automatically make more milk. They all feel it flawlessly!
If you have overproduction, the trick is to let your breasts 'know' that they are making too much milk and have to lower production a little. You do this by, for example, block food. In the beginning it will be somewhat uncomfortable and you can suffer from stowage. But after a while, production will adjust.
However, every time you empty your breasts, your breasts think that the milk production is good (the breasts are always 'drained') and the production just continues happily, or maybe even a little higher. Therefore, the advice is to watch out with too often flasks in case of overproduction.
Again: if you suffer from this, it is good to call in an expert.