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My sister <waves hello if you do join Mumsnet> might have had bad BF advice; what do you lot think?

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VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:18:04

Wilf here. My sis has just had a baby. Those of you who know me will know I'm a longterm poster on these boards...

<waves to sis who big sis is hoping is now lurking here... or sis' husband grin>

Anyhoo, she had a BFC come round today. The BFC diagnosed oversupply (which I also wondered about on the phone wink) as the baby (nearly 3 weeks, seeming to choke, pulling off after minute or so...) My sis is leaking profusely from the other side when bub is feeding too.

But the BFC went on about getting the 'hindmilk' shock and sounds like she did a lot of 'forcing' (when actually, I wondered talking to sis yesterday whether bub just want to do its own thing a bit) of nipple into mouth. She then suggested a remedy for oversupply/overactive letdown would be to express before a feed.

Now. Is it just me, or isn't this the opposite of what you would do for oversupply? I suggested if my sis did think she had a dramatic letdown etc, the solution would be single-sided block feeding (3 hours left, 3 hours right) etc..

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:20:01

Problem is, is v hot where little sis is, and she's worrying about dehydration. I've suggested checking for wet nappies and poo etc. Anyone got any other things to suggest to reassure her about dehydration.

thisisyesterday Mon 24-Aug-09 22:21:52

expressing can help. you basically just express for a few moments to get rid of the initial big gushing mass, and then the baby gets the slower flow and the fattier milk (milk tends to get fattier as the feed goes on, and the worry with oversupply is that baby could fill up on the less fatty miolk that is produced at the beginning of the feed)

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:22:56

Thanks - I can see how that works at first. But doesn't it worsen the problem over the longer term?

oopsacoconut Mon 24-Aug-09 22:27:10


I had an over supply problem BIG time, I was addvised to block feed off one side for 2 or 3 hours then change sides. So all feeds off one side for a 3 hour period then change sides. I used to let DD suck until let down then let the milk squirt into a towel until it stopped flowing then latched DD on again and she fed happily. By the last feed on the breast she was happy and feeding well. It settled down at about 16 weeks but once it is recognised it is easy to sort out.

hellymelly Mon 24-Aug-09 22:27:33

I think the idea is you do just express the very first few gushes,but frankly I had this to a lesser degree with dd2,(as I had only just stopped feeding dd1),and although initially she used to vomit up the excess, after a while it sorted itself out,(and she got bigger obviously).I didn't do anything about it other than tilting back a bit to feed her when she first latched on,and I fed her on demand.

thisisyesterday Mon 24-Aug-09 22:27:46

it shouldn't, her milk supply ought to settle down by itself over time anyway.

you're right that block feeding can help too though, but i def found with my 3 that just expressing a little off worked fine

lots of good info on kellymom

AngryWasp Mon 24-Aug-09 22:29:05

I think the focus is on getting things right NOW so baby and mum can cope with the idea that it will settle down and adjust all by itself.

Oversupply is great in the early days and should adjusts down itself. You express off just a very little in order for the baby to cope, but bub will up the feeding pretty quickly so you don't really want to reduce supply yet if everything is still very new iyswim. If the problem persists for a few weeks then fair enough, put in strategies for reducing oversupply, but it is probably too soon.


VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:30:26

Yeah me too. That squirting business grin sounds like a better idea than expressing, not so frantic when you've a crying baby.

So. What do I tell her about how not to worry about dehydration?

Obv I've said: if you're REALLY worried, you must call NHS direct, but a well-hydrated baby is... <please fill in gaps here for me so I can hope I've been giving the right advice!>

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:31:50

me too was to oops btw.

Angrywasp, yes really good point. So perhaps it doesn't matter right now if the supply stays up there. Good advice, thanks.

oopsacoconut Mon 24-Aug-09 22:32:24

If she keeps offering LO the breast she and LO takes it then she should be find BM is both food and drink. BF babies don't need water if offered breast regularly.

oopsacoconut Mon 24-Aug-09 22:33:10

fine. - not find

thisisyesterday Mon 24-Aug-09 22:34:04

if baby is feeding frequently and she has a LOT of milk then i doubt she need to worry about dehydration, i'd only really be worrying if baby wasn't feeding often.
like yoiu say wet nappies is the main sign i think

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:35:42

Thanks. She isn't considering water. She is just worrying, as I think many of us do when we're new to this, if the bub is getting enough fluid. And because bub is pulling off and feeding erratically (sometimes every half hour/hour, sometimes 2-3 hours between feeds) my sister is getting quite stressed.

It had been going well so she's feeling a bit down that is isn't so straightforward. I've been trying to help but not sure whether I am or not...

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:37:16

So. The consensus is, so far, that the expressing thing at this early stage, might actually be OK advice to help if she does have a fast letdown/oversupply?

oopsacoconut Mon 24-Aug-09 22:39:07

Does she have a local BF group she could go to? If she can get to one they will reassure her and let her know how well she is doing.

HV or MW should know if there is one locally or try

oopsacoconut Mon 24-Aug-09 22:41:17

Not actually expressing as such but just achieving let down and letting he flow do the work itself. If she actively pumps she will stimulate supply. I used to put the pump on pump until let down then hold it in suck position until it stopped flowing IYSWIM.

AngryWasp Mon 24-Aug-09 22:42:18

I reckon so. Demand feeding is also very important for supply, but also to prevent dehydration. If she is unsure of the hunger/thirst cues then she should offer every hour (but not worry if not accepted).

Breast milk is a true wonderstuff and will adjust to be more thirst quenching if that is what the baby needs. Babies only die of dehydration in 3rd world world hot countries if they are ff.

AngryWasp Mon 24-Aug-09 22:43:35

sorry that last sentence is a bit irrelevant and not properly qualified. It's true, but the issue is wider and I can't be xxxx to go into it so please disregard.

thisisyesterday Mon 24-Aug-09 22:44:25

agree with angrywasp and offering more frequently if she is concerned, but not to worry if baby doesn't want it.

she could also just hand express a little each time into a cup or something so she doesn't have to worry about a pump the whole time

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:44:32

Thanks all. Great help as always. I know she's lurking now so trying to encourage her to post herself <Go on, you know you want to grin>

She's off to a local BF group tomorrow anyhow and I've said sometimes you need to look around until you find the BF support that works for you...

thisisyesterday Mon 24-Aug-09 22:45:44

<waves to wilf's sister> yes, do post! see we give great advice here :D

VulpusinaWilfsuit Mon 24-Aug-09 22:49:24

I'll have to namechange though and ALL my gory past on MN will be revealed....

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