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    Default Is this a normal amount?

    I feel like I have massive over supply. DD is 4 weeks now and everything I've read says your boobs should start to settle but mine are still huge and sore and leaking. Today I hand expressed one side for comfort for literally less than 2 minutes, maybe even just a minute and got 70mls. Is this a normal amount to get from a quick hand express?

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    My supply definitely wasn't settled by 4 weeks! But you might also have over supply...it's hard to tell....

    Have a read of this from the ABA :-)

    https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-.../too-much-milk

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    I had a lot of supply with DS - it was definitely not settled by 4 weeks! It is a little more settled with DD as I don't seem to have as much milk. Is she feeding lots?

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    She feeds every 2 to 4 hours approximately from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. When she cluster feeds she can go for 5 hours in little burst. Last night she did 3 x 20 minutes feeds over 2 hours. If I can get 70 mls in 1 minute with my hand I'm afraid to think how much she's drinking. She does vomit some up occasionally and she cries with a lot of wind pain frequently. Maybe she's getting too much milk? Is that even possible?

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    Could just be a fast flow (I find DD struggles sometimes with my flow).

    I stop and burp quite a bit. That helps.

    You can try infants friend/brauers colic relief as well.

    But that is something that can improve when your DD's belly matures.

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    I had an awesome supply also- similar to yours. Mine didn't settle until about 3.5-4 mths, I had to wear breast pads until then as I would leak all the time. I still have hard sore boobs every night if he sleeps through!

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    This was the case for me. We ended up doing some block feeding and reclined feeding. Reclined feeding uses gravity to slow the flow so Bub doesn't choke/splutter. Block feeding helps to settle down supply - but I wouldn't recommend doing this without at least calling the ABA helpline for some advice.
    Took at least 6 weeks for things to settle down for me.
    Just as a heads up - every time DD had a manic few days of feeding in preparation for a growth spurt I would end up with huge leaky b00bs again for a few days as my supply increased!

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    I think it is different for everyone.

    My supply started to settle around the 6 week mark each time.

    In terms of amount to get from hand expressing, I used to get around the 60ml mark from one let down on one side with hand expressing, so it seems normal to me, but I would say it would vary from woman to woman, time of day etc.

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    I still have leaky boobs. Dd3 is almost 7mths old. It's such a relief to know you have oodles of milk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mama Mirabelle View Post
    Maybe she's getting too much milk? Is that even possible?
    No. Breastfed babies are very good at regulating their appetite.

    Although they can overfeed at times if they have wind pain because feeding is soothing.

    ETA I think it sounds like you are doing really well.


 

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