When either having a baby or planning to have a baby and breastfeeding, it is good to know exactly what the good and bad sides of breastfeeding are. If a woman knows what to expect in breast feeding, a woman could minimize her chances of experiencing difficulty in the process. Breastfeeding is commonly seen to be a natural, easy, and inexpensive way to feed a baby, but at the same time the beginning is always the real challenge due to adapting to a body's own process of producing breast milk.
One of the common conditions a woman can encounter in and during breastfeeding is a condition known as hyperlactation syndrome.
What is hyperlactation syndrome?
Hyperlactation syndrome is a condition which affects breast feeding women. The condition is caused by overactive milk producing glands. Each woman on average has between 100,000 and 300,000 milk producing glands. The scientific belief is that women effected by hyperlactation are women who range up around 200,000 to 300,000 milk producing glands in the breast.
How to tell if you have Hyperlactation?
Hyperlactation is a body’s problem with over-producing milk when breastfeeding, and the most common sign is when a breast over releases milk while breast feeding. Babies who display severe gas problems, and are constantly spitting up milk and losing milk while breast feeding may be the first sign that you could have hyperlactation syndrome.
Another sign is through the breast activity when you are not breast feeding. Some examples of breast behavior with hyperlactation syndrome are over spraying milk, leaking milk more than normally, waking up soaked in breast milk, and blocked ducts.
There are also additional side effects of hyperlactation syndrome, but these side effects tend to be separate problems and conditions that can be caused by hyperlactation. Some of these symptoms are blocked ducts, breast abscess, inability to release milk, and breasts feeling sore and full.
The last way to identify is by clarifying the causes of hyperlactation syndrome and seeing if you fall under any of these categories. Some of the main causes are poor draining techniques, poor feeding schedules, not fully draining one breast before switching to the next, and the last cause would be over-draining breasts.
How can Hyperlactation be prevented?
The effectiveness of each technique to help hyperlactation varies between people; this is because hyperlactation can be caused from many different problems including just simply overactive glands. But some of the tips to help deal with hyperlactation until you can consult a doctor are to keep breasts properly drained during feedings and after. For example if you are breastfeeding and you forget to fully drain a breast before positioning your baby over to the other breast, be sure to work the breast milk out on your own after to prevent engorging breasts.
Also always remember not to over-release breast milk. The amount of breast milk you will supply changes with the baby's demand. Meaning if you spend a week fully releasing milk from your breasts every two hours, your body will begin readily producing two full breasts of milk every two hours, so caution should be taken to prevent over filling your breasts.