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#1 of 5 Old 02-19-2009, 01:31 AM - Thread Starter
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Just wondering what the experience of women with oversupply/overactive letdown issues and multiple children has been - specifically whether the issue has been consistent with each baby, gotten worse with subsequent babies or varied in some other way.

I have three daughters, and with my first I never had oversupply issues, or if I did - it didn't seem to bother her. She was a very mellow, content baby.

#2 was very colicky, and I had eliminated everything from my diet and tried every remedy available. I think I had oversupply/overactive letdown issues with her and didn't connect it with the colic... I attributed her fussiness with breastfeeding to her temperament.

With #3 I have recognized after just ten days that the issue is definitely oversupply/overactive letdown issues. I'm working on "correcting" it but it can be very frustrating when I remember how peaceful breastfeeding was with my first. I hate feeling like my baby has to struggle and live with discomfort because of my milk.

So I am curious why I never had the problems with the first. I EBF with both my older daughters until they were three. With my second I wondered if the "flood" of milk was due to my having nursed her older sister for so long - e.g. I was "primed" for it.

Anyone have any input on this issue?
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I have 5 sons and always had oversupply issues. First two colicky, third a projectile vomiter from too much milk. When he was 3 months I figured out how to regulate it, ie nursing on my back 3-4x a day to cause back pressure on the ducts. Fourth and fifth just got incredibly plump fast, starting with back nursing at birth. I also lost a baby (#6) at 21 weeks and got tons of milk. They told me that was very rare so they had not prepared me for it- ouch, my first real engorgement. Baby #7 due very soon.
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I've had oversupply with all my children (4 total). In my experience, it was worse with my first because I wasn't really aware at how to manage it. I feel like I have better coping mechanisms now. I'm not sure why you had no issues with your first.

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I only have two so far but it was MUCH worse with #1. (dd) #2. it was quite mild.

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I had serious oversupply with my firstborn, mild oversupply with my second (the only girl and least enthusiastic nurser, though she is still breastfed at almost 3), and the most ridiculous oversupply with this third one. Starting a few minutes after his birth, he latched on every forty minutes until my milk came in, which was 24 hours later. Now, nine weeks later, I routinely get up and change shirts at night because I soak completely through a Lansinoh disposable nursing pad in the five hours before he wakes up to nurse. It's insane!

Anyway, for me it hasn't been a steady progression of more and more oversupply. No real theory on why not.
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