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Milk overproduction during lactation

Milk overproduction during lactation



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In the same way that hypogalactia (low production of breast milk) is a relatively frequent phenomenon and that causes great concern to mothers, hypergalactia (hyper production of breast milk) is a much less known clinical condition, and it is widely talked about little, both within and outside the scientific community.

What exactly is hypergalactia and how does it affect breastfeeding?

As a general rule, the amount of milk produced is determined by the demand made by the child. In hypergalactia there is an imbalance between supply and demand. Thus, the production of milk is greater than the demand for it by the baby.

The cause that triggers this productive abundance is unknown, and the picture has a certain tendency to repeat itself in successive pregnancies.

Although, from a conceptual point of view, milk overproduction may seem benign and inconsequential, it frequently generates symptoms in the child. The most alarming symptoms are: choking, cyanosis (bluish color of the skin), coughing and vomiting. Also, there may be irritability. Due to these facts, the picture is often confused with gastroesophageal reflux disease. The mother, for her part, manifests symptoms derived from chest congestion.

From a therapeutic point of view, the most effective strategies are: promoting a 'pinch effect' on the breast at the beginning of breastfeeding, offering frequent feedings (before the child receives the breast very hungry), allowing the child to stop times as necessary during taking.

The evolution is usually favorable. Around three months of breastfeeding, mothers usually report the resolution of the process.

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