You knew you wanted to nurse your little one, but you had no idea your body could produce this much milk. Some women produce enough milk to feed their baby and maybe even a few more! It’s amazing what the woman body is capable of.
Instead of watching your extra milk go to waste, here are a few ways your oversupply can benefit you and others.
- Store it. You can find breastmilk freezer bags in the baby supply isle at your local supermarket. You can also find them online. Saving your extra milk will come in handy when the time comes for a baby sitter. Or just a mom’s night out! Having frozen milk on hand will set your mind at ease. Rest assured if you ever have to be away from your little one, they will not have to go without your breastmilk.
- Send it to a milk bank. There are many milk banks you can send your oversupply to, and some even pay you for it! Hospitals use breastmilk for many NICU babies. If you are interested in a milk bank, spend time researching online before deciding which one is right for you.
- Donate it. Some mothers are not able to give their babies breastmilk for whatever reason. One of my good friends adopted her son and sought out support through groups online to find local milk donors. She has been able to give her son breast milk for the first 3 months of his life thanks to the amazing women who donated their oversupply to her.
If you decide these options sound like too much work, you can continue nursing as normal and your milk supply should start to level out. Your body is very smart and can tell just how much your baby is drinking. As they grow and drink larger quantities of milk, your body produces more milk. As they begin to wean, your body recognizes this changes and produces the perfect amount for your baby.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your milk supply, do not hesitate to speak with a qualified lactation consultant.
Welcome to Mom Monday, I’m so glad you’re here!
I’m Emily and currently chasing after a rambunctious 2-year-old, Elsy, and a sweet spirited 6-month-old, Avenly. Hopefully the information shared here will help fill you with as much joy on your nursing journey as I have received in mine.