First of all, I realize how lucky I am to be able to make enough milk for my daughter. I am very aware that many women have quite the opposite "problem" and I should be thanking my lucky stars for my good fortune. However, that is not to say that my oversupply issues, which are very real, do not present an entirely different set of concerns, which include:
- Fighting off multiple occurrences of mastitis
- Major engorgement and swelling
- An almost constant need to pump
- Passing multiple burst capillaries through my breast, which most easily explained is blood that comes out in my breast milk due to damage done inside the breast, as a result of my overproduction.
- Attempting to help my daughter, with severe reflux, learn to manage the flow/forceful let down
- Nipples that sometimes more closely resemble hamburger meat due to my child's smacking and tongue movement which has become her attempt at slowing down the flow of breast milk.
As far as what I did to build my milk supply? Absolutely nothing. I have no idea why I make as much milk as I do... I had to start pumping the first week just to manage my discomfort. Currently, I am doing everything possible to lower my milk supply in an effort to make it more manageable for me and for my daughter.
I think we all do the best we can given our individual circumstances... I am simply sharing mine with you.