Symptoms of Oversupply Reflux:
First thing is get help from a professional that has experience in dealing with Oversupply Reflux, Lactation Consultants usually have experience with treating this challenge and when working in conjunction with a supportive GP or Paediatrician usually can fix the issue in a week or two.
Some things that have worked for my clients in the past are as follows:
- The primary treatment is aimed at reducing the speed and amount of milk the baby takes in.
- Expressing off the first let down into a cloth and then latching baby after the lactose rich foremilk has passed can sometimes help.
- Feed on one side only for a 3-6 hour block, this enables the baby to get less volume and higher fat content.
- Feed until baby begins to pop off or fight at the breast, then pick up and cuddle on shoulder for about 5-20 minutes. You can offer small top ups after this on the same side only (this seems to settle babies and may be related to washing down a burning silent reflux)
- Nipple shields can help baby control the flow.
- Feed baby in an upright position with his bottom much lower than his head.
- These babies tend to do better being held by a family member while they are in pain. Holding the baby upright and gently moving tends to help baby cope with the discomfort.
- Raise the head of the babies sleeping area by 40 degrees.
- Reflux medication can help in many cases where baby is in a lot of pain.
- Most parents seem to prefer Ranitidine to Gaviscon for ease of use and effectiveness with a baby.
- You can express your breast only to comfort not to empty, as that would stimulate more milk production..
- Leaving a baby to cry it out that is in pain is not developmentally appropriate. They do not yet have the ability to soothe themselves and need help. So lots and lots of cuddles for baby as well as parents until baby comes right.
- Cabbage leaves can help with engorgement and help reduce supply in heavy breasts (cut the hard stem out and roll the leaves with a rolling pin then place them on the breasts in the bra, when they wilt replace them with fresh ones. I would recommend using an organic cabbage so as not to potentially). put pesticides near the breasts). Use in moderation because these can be more powerful than you would suspect.
- If the milk supply is just over the top and will not be tamed by the above measures then you can try using an herbal tincture called Galactagone (try healthfood stores). But be very careful as it will kill a large supply almost overnight. I only use in extreme circumstances.