How do I slow down milk production at night?!

Lupe - posted on 03/17/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My 6 month old son will only breastfeed from my left breast which causes it to be alot fuller than my right . He is starting to sleep through the night but I still have to wake him up to eat other wise I get really engorged after 5 hrs it feels like a rock and I am in so much pain! Any tips on how to slow down milk flow at night? Thnx!!

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Lupe - posted on 03/20/2012

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Lori A- i'm doing better. I pumped right after his last nightime feeding and was able to get a couple more hours of sleep. && wasn't so full/engorged.Hope it will get better over time. Thnx! :)

Lupe - posted on 03/20/2012

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Janine- My left breast has always been fuller than my right. Faster let down.... I always try to encourage him to feed from my right breast but he will only drink for a minute and then refuse it.

Janine - posted on 03/19/2012

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Poor you! That's a horrible feeling and can be quite painful too.



Do you know why he prefers the left breast? Has this one always been fuller / faster let-down? If so, perhaps you need to increase milk supply in the right breast to get him interested in nursing from that side. Over a few days, this should even out the production.



My DS prefers the right breast, so I make sure to start him on the left. If he's resistant, then I try the next time. Usually straight after he's woken from a nap and is still a bit drowsy works best.

Lori - posted on 03/17/2012

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If he's sleeping through, you could pump (or manually express) just enough to make yourself comfortable so you can sleep again - don't empty the breast. After just a few days you may find you won't need to pump even a little anymore - then you might actually get to enjoy a full nights sleep yourself.

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