Using Shared Breast Milk May Pose Risks


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The American Academy of Pediatrics has a clear policy on the dangers associated with feeding babies unpasteurized milk, but there are no guidelines on the sharing of breast milk among friends or relatives. Many women want to breast-feed but can’t, which has caused the unregulated breast milk industry to flourish, according to the study authors. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a clear policy on the dangers associated with feeding babies unpasteurized milk, but there are no guidelines. The AAP does not encourage using informally shared breast milk, citing the risks of spreading disease.

It can also expose an infant to medications, alcohol, drugs, or. THURSDAY, April 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) Women may be using shared breast milk from friends and family, but they don’t always consider the risks involved with providing donor milk to their babies, a new survey shows. As many as one-third of women don’t consider the health of a breast milk donor.

Informal milk sharing refers to breastfeeding someone else’s child, sharing milk with strangers, or other methods outside of donating through an official bank. However, breast milk shared by friends or bought through the internet is unlikely to have been collected, processed, tested or stored in a way that reduces risks to a baby. This kind of donated breast milk could contain: Bacterial growth and contamination with bacteria that could cause infection; Infectious diseases, such as human immunodeficiency virus; Chemical contaminants, such as prescription or illegal drugs; Cow’s milk. While the use of human-milk substitutes involves documented risks to the baby, milk sharing is not without risk, either.

Human milk that is carelessly collected or stored may be “contaminated by any number of potentially harmful microorganisms. Donor mothers may have diseases that could be transmitted through the milk; some may not even know that they are infected. Donor mothers may be. Since milk shared among moms is not pasteurized, there could also be bacteria in the milk from pumping, storing and transporting it. Plus, moms may.

“Donor milk may also pass along viruses, which a baby can’t fight because he hasn’t received that mother’s antibodies.” The Other Side of the Nursing Bra Moms who engage in cross-nursing relish the bonding — yet this intimacy is why other moms find it a turnoff. Few illnesses are transmitted via breast milk, and in fact, the unique properties of breast milk help protect infants from colds and other typical childhood viruses. Nonetheless, both families need to be notified when there is a milk mix-up, and they should be informed that the risk of transmission of infectious diseases via breast milk is small.

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When there are risks associated with using even a mother’s own milk for a given baby, the risk/ benefit ratio is determined.

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

No adverse effect on the infant as a result of the “normal” contamination of the mother’s milk has been shown as yet.

“Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment” by Christof Schaefer, Paul W.J. Peters, Richard K Miller
from Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation: Treatment Options and Risk Assessment
by Christof Schaefer, Paul W.J. Peters, Richard K Miller
Elsevier Science, 2014

Considering the risk of possible transmission of viruses (e.g., cytomegalovirus, hepatitis C, human immunodeficiency virus) via unpasteurized donor breastmilk, administering another mother’s milk to an infant is a serious error.

“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach, Jan Riordan
from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
by Karen Wambach, Jan Riordan
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

■ Safety for use during breast-feeding is unknown; consider benefit versus risk.

“Gahart's 2020 Intravenous Medications E-Book: A Handbook for Nurses and Health Professionals” by Betty L. Gahart, Adrienne R. Nazareno, Meghan Ortega, RN
from Gahart’s 2020 Intravenous Medications E-Book: A Handbook for Nurses and Health Professionals
by Betty L. Gahart, Adrienne R. Nazareno, Meghan Ortega, RN
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2019

Mothers and clinicians should be aware of potential contamination of breastmilk purchased over the Internet.

“Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician” by Marsha Walker
from Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician
by Marsha Walker
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

Nurses and lactation consultants should be aware of the safety concerns associated with Internet-based or community milk sharing.

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

CMV acquisition in premature infants fed human milk: reason to worry?

“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

Until human lactation data are available, prolonged exposure of a nursing infant to tegaSerod Via the milk should be avoided.

“Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk” by Gerald G. Briggs, Roger K. Freeman, Sumner J. Yaffe
from Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk
by Gerald G. Briggs, Roger K. Freeman, Sumner J. Yaffe
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2008

Many studies have demonstrated the protective effect of breast milk against immuneor autoimmune-related diseases (e.g., chronic and inflammatory bowel diseases, type 1 diabetes, allergic diseases).

“Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach” by Lisa Hark, Darwin Deen, Gail Morrison
from Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach
by Lisa Hark, Darwin Deen, Gail Morrison
Wiley, 2014

Is this risk great enough to offset the cost of breastfeeding for a mother who prefers to bottle-feed?

“Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality” by Jonathan M. Metzl, Anna Kirkland
from Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality
by Jonathan M. Metzl, Anna Kirkland
NYU Press, 2010

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  • Any creature on earth should depend upon other creatures for food but we humans exploit all the things for our own selfish reasons ��

  • I cried a little when I saw your baby coughing and choking, emotions just flooded in, it made me think about all the times my boy has done that while I’ve been feeding him. (I’m an emotional wreck as it is, pregnancy and having my baby has just amplified it haha)

    I’m a first time mum to a 3 and a half week old baby and I’m struggling with this problem but mainly in one breast (righty… lefty is being kind and not overproducing quite so much ��). I feel so crappy every time he chokes and coughs. I’m trying to not adjust my supply until after 6 weeks as I’m hoping it will settle itself and I won’t have to do that. Until then, I’m going to attend a drop-in breastfeeding clinic on Wednesday at my hospital and see if they can help me with some upright feeding positions such as the koala hold or biological nurturing as I’ve read that that can help the baby cope, I’m just not getting the hang of it on my own, so fingers crossed I can do it with a little expert help. I’m also hand expressing for about 10 seconds before getting him on the breast when I feed from the right side, which is kind of similar to your suggestion of unlatching when the forceful let-down happens, I’m going to give your idea a go and see if it’s more effective for me than what I’m currently doing.

    Also, I 100% agree about Lansinoh’s nursing pads I started with Superdrug own brand and soaked through those within an hour or two every time. With Lansinoh’s I’ve only soaked through once (and admittedly, that’s because I forgot to change them… oops!)

    Anyway, I love this video, it’s going to be so helpful for other mums who may not know about this problem! I’ll be rewatching in a few weeks if my hopes of the issue settling at 6+ weeks doesn’t happen! xxx

  • I had this with my second and got mastitis a few times. I put mine down to having big boobs (h cup) to be honest, had no idea it was a ‘thing’.. will bear in mine the guards for next time though. My boy would come off after the initial latch and my milk would spray everywhere for ages (TMI!!!) let downs were bad too. none of my mummy friends had this so I thought I was a bit of a weirdo.. haha. Breast feeding in public is not ideal either! Love all your videos xxx

  • This is brilliant. I breastfed my 1st for 18 months with oversupply and a very forceful letdown, and am on month 12 with my second, same oversupply, and crazy letdown! Both had major tongue ties and latch issues ��. Just my luck! All your tips are great! Xx

  • Thank you so much for this helpful video! Currently 2.5weeks in with my first baby and she’s started getting very upset when feeding due to my oversupply it was such a relief to find a video with your experience and tips. You’ve given me the hope to carry on and fight through the struggle!

  • Omg thank you so much for sharing, my son is 5 weeks old and I’m struggling with this whole breastfeeding journey. The overactive letdown is such a stressful thing especially when he chokes and gags it’s so scary and it’s so frustrating when he won’t latch back on but he’s still hungry. Will def try your advice��

  • I am currently breastfeeding and my baby is now 2 months old. At first my milk supply was a dream. All is well but recently the milk starts to choke my baby. And when i hand express i can see my milk squirting everywhere!! So i then knew that i had an oversupply. I thought maybe because i keep using the hakka. Like every feeding for the first month. So that stimulated my oversupply. I wish i had knew this and never used the hakka. ������ now im struggling with a choking baby with over supplied milk.

  • I have also had issues with mastitis as well and my ducts are easily clogged. Pumping didn’t really help me but only made it worse. Thank you for this video! Finally somebody with the same problem as me! Everything you describe I have the same exact problem to the same level! Thank you so much.

  • I’ve wondered how foremilk and hindmilk work on an extreme oversupply. I know that a baby needs hindmilk to truly fill up, but are our babies getting just foremilk and then full? I had a very cranky unsettled babyand wondered if they were not getting enough hindmilk nutrients to properly rest and sleep. Can’t seem to find good research on this, as most assume that you need 15 min to get an ounce or two, LOL… try 2-3min.

  • Following this full drainage block feeding talked about in this study has been so helpful for me!it utilizes block feeding but is able to work almost immediately because of the full drainage.

  • SJ! You touched on a subject we barely hear a word about regarding breast feeding. We imagine so many mums out there will appreciate this video. Amazing job! x

  • If u stupit enough will smoke and feeding ur babe……. i was smoker for 10 years after i got pregnant i quite the shit already even feeding i will never touch the shit again.. if u love ur child better stop it. If cant do not call urself as mother.

  • My little Frederick is 2.5 weeks old, my 3rd and he does the chocking thing! It’s been driving me crazy. I never had this with one and two, they had other issues. Nursed them over a year each..hoping to do the same here. Ty for this, I clicked over from your most recent video

  • So so helpful! I’ve had an oversupply since day one! I’ve tried to get my supply to go down however engorgement is beyond painful (I instantly get lightning nipples). Pumping is the only way to go for me. Thankfully I don’t have a forceful let down unless I’m engorged. My little one can eat maybe half a breast per feeding. I then pump the rest. I can go about 6-7 hrs without pumping before I become engorged so I try to stretch it as long as possible. However that means primarily bottle feeding and occasionally nursing. I’m just shy of 1mth since having my little one and my freezer is already beyond full! Hopefully it’ll even itself out a little bit better in due time. It’s hard talking with doctors and even other woman about having an oversupply as most just don’t seem to understand just how bad it is. I’m very lucky that I don’t really leak unless I’m feeding or engorged so I’m not going thru nursing pads all that much

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  • So thats why my frickin cat kept suckin his brother’s balloons (his mum was too sick to feed him liquid mayo thats he had to THHHH his older brother)

  • My baby is choking everytime she breastfeed. And she is having reflux, also gained 1 pound in just one week. She’s only two weeks old. I’m thinking im having this issue. My let down is very fast too. Something that had helped me when she choked is put her down holding her head like looking to the floor to release the airways and she’s start breathing normally pretty quickly. Same position used when baby chokes in a CPR class but not padding her back.

  • thank you SOOO MUCH for posting this! my baby is 2 months old and im having this issue. Hes bot gaining weight since I feel hes getting to much foremilk. I will definitely be feeding on one side I think because theres way to much milk.

  • Ok so as far as block feeding, if you feed from one breast exclusively won’t that cause that particular breast to continue to make too much milk

  • Im so happy i found this video! Many times I’ve heard of women not being able to produce enough milk but never heard of women producing too much. Ive been experiencing very painful engorged breasts. Which my baby has trouble latching on to, causing me more pain. And my baby chokes practically the whole time she eats and I’ve felt so bad, i didnt know what i was doing wrong. It has made every feeding so painful and a struggle since i brought her home. Definitely going to be trying all these tips! Thank you so much!

  • aww your babba choking:( I dealt with over supply this time round because my baby was in intensive care for the first 13 days of his life so I was exclusively breastfeeding so my body wasn’t able to define how much baby needed. that’s exactly what I did was used a muslin to catch the initial spurt from the forceful let down. I wouldn’t pump but sometimes hand expressed a couple of mls between feeds just to comfort. but yes I felt covered in milk constantly and soaked and gross constantly. I turned to my local La Leche League for support and we got through and he is still happily feeding now at 11 months. I also had to get him on the breast because he obviously had only had bottles (expressed breast milk) for those 1st 2wks in hospital so at first was having to still pump which didn’t help with my feedback loop! well done life with a newborn is hard enough without this issue on top! xx

  • thank you so much for this video. I struggle with the same thing. My baby is 11 weeks old tomorrow. I feel like when I drink the sage tea it reduces my milk for about a week then it seems to go up again. I also only feed one breast poet 2-3 hour block. Hopefully it levels it soon. Curious how your supply is doing now? Our babies are almost the same age. My baby was born 12-28-16. Have a nice day!

  • Life saver video.
    I wasnt able to breastfeed my first and i only breastfed my second for a few weeks. Now i am on my third and im almost 6 weeks in but i have an oversupply and forceful letdown. Baby is getting frustrated and pulls off the breast often, more so my left because i have to use a shield. Its affecting his stool and making him very gassy ☹️ im going to try block feeding but i have some questions. How long do you keep baby at the breast for? Obviously they wont empty it in one feeding but i just want to make sure he is getting enough of the fatty milk. Also, do you block feed the rest of the time you are breastfeeding, meaning is that they only way we will be able to feed? Or are you eventually able to feed off both sides in one feeding?
    Again thank you so much for this. I had an awful day with a fussy baby who seemed to be hungry all day and now i know why! Gives me hope for tomorrow ��

  • My son is 1 week old today! I have a huge oversupply of milk and i am constantly engorged! I have mastitis already and have so many rock hard lumps under my arms which im on antibiotics for. I cant put him to the breast because he makes me bleed so i am expressing every 3 hours. No matter how long i express for i always feel full! I feel like giving up because i am so so sore all day every day especially at night. At night i get huge night sweats to the point i have to change my top! When my breasts let down it hurts like crazy as well. I dont feel like any advise i have been given has been helpful and i dont think things are getting any better like people keep telling me it will! �� xx

  • my wife uses the one by The Easy Orange. It is really a value pack with breast shells, drawstring bag and a cute baby toothbrush! check it out at

  • Going through this right now. Trying block feeding but how do i deal with the engorgement on the unfeed breast…its so uncomfortable

  • My sisters and I all made too much foremilk and block feeding was an amazing way to control this. After 6 weeks, it usually goes away. Under supply only truly happens 5% of the time. If your baby is gaining weight, peeing and pooping then you have enough milk. 2-3 months is not a long time…it’s very normal. Over supply is way more common in the beginning days…nature’s way of making sure you have enough milk. Went out of town for the weekend when my second was 3 months old, hand expressed into bottles, kept on ice except when drinking. All of my babies were preemies, and for 3 of them, I started with a pump, and then baby on the breast a few weeks later. I just stuffed cloth diapers into my bra. If I was going somewhere in nice clothes, I put a baggie on the outside and breast pads on inside. You can’t totally ever empty your breasts. The best advice you gave is pop baby off for letdown and let it squirt into a rag, and relatch. Only after 2-3 months, if this is still happening, can you say you have an oversupply problem, before then you have an oversupply bonus from Mother Nature. Block feeding took 48 hours for my sister with twins. I never fed from two breasts in one feeding in over 3 years of feeding.

  • Hlo,my milk is low,I used stavri powder in milk n drinks more water n milk still my milk low,now m taking lactare capsule is it safe?? But still pbm same,wat I do dr?

  • Thanks so much for this SJ! I have my first two week old baby and feel like I am having very similar issues particularly with my right breast (which seems to choke and shock him and so he takes forever to latch in the meantime we’re both drenched!). Is one of yours worse than the other? I didn’t know that you could just feed from one breast, I certainly have the supply to pull this off, but all the advice so far has been to switch each feed. Perhaps I should just stick with the one thats least problematic. My left breast doesn’t seem to give him the same overpowering supply (we jokingly refer to them as lovely left and rubbish right!)

  • My husband actually found this video for me, and we were both so emotional because it is me to a T. My baby is 2 months old and I did block feeding with some success, but I think I have to go back to it. I had thrush, mastitis, thrush, mastitis overlapping and I had to battle my pediatrician who was refusing to treat the baby for thrush along with me! I have had such panic attacks as I feel my breasts becoming engorged because I simply do not want mastitis again. Thank you for this video from the bottom of my heart. I have had little support outside my husband and lactation consultant simply because others do not understand the condition and your videos speak volumes! My question to you is, when I block feed, should I be expressing the other breast that’s getting full? If my baby is sleeping longer, I feel like I am always full and can’t sleep (or wait) past two hours throughout the day and evening because I become so incredibly full and loaded with blocked ducts. Any help and advice is so appreciated!

  • Hi I have an oversupply. My daughter is 5 weeks old. I didn’t realise that I could overproduce milk. First time mum. And I didn’t realise that that’s what made her fussy and unwell as she is very gassy. I am trying to reduce my milk supply and you gave me good ideas to do so. Thank you for making this video it helps a lot.

  • I can TOTALLY relate to this! I feel like people just don’t get how much of an issue it is (understandably if they’ve never experienced it)… I was the most stressed and emotional I have ever been to see my baby struggling so much. At the time it really didn’t feel like it was the best thing for me or my baby to continue to feed him… it took 3 months of oversupply, engorgement, clogged ducts and mastitis but we got through… we are 5 months in now and I’m so glad I persevered with it and like you say, it has been the most challenging but also the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done already… this video is brilliant! xxx

  • I had the opposite issue and never imagined that oversupply would cause such issues so found this very interesting. So glad you’ve found ways around your supply issues and coping and I’m sure your video will help others. It must have been so hard to see poor Evelina choking like that xx

  • Ahhhh when the baby starts choking I wanted to reach through the screen and pat her back and sit her up. Who wants to choke while laying on their back:((

  • I’m having a major over supply issue and I was wondering if I can contact you via email or Instagram or anyway that’s easy for you. I’m so close to giving up but I really really want to continue breastfeeding!

  • Hi thanks for the video, I didn’t think I’d find any on the subject. I almost cried when I saw your baby choking as mine does the same thing due to oversupply. I went to a breastfeeding clinic and the HV advised me to lie on my back to feed as this will let baby control the feed a bit better. I think it’s helped a bit. I’ve also been doing the block feeding too. Hopefully my supply will even out too, my little girl is 6 weeks now! X

  • Interesting that you can compose a whole essay on milk without mentioning any bad effects that one can get from drinking it. It’s all true, what’s in the video, but obviously not the whole story.

  • My 3 week old daughter starting to choke today… 3 times.. it was so scary i started to cry!
    I don’t have a oversupply so i don’t know why its happening.. maybe the let down?
    I had breastfeed my 3 other kids before and never had a issue.. any advice?

  • Does Erectodom Secrets really work? I notice many people keep on speaking about Erectodom Secrets. But I’m uncertain if it’s good enough to solve your erectile dysfunction problem.

  • I wanted to know more about the effects of human milk vs formula on babies’ development. The bit about cells was interesting, but otherwise I feel like you wasted my time.

  • Those opening few sentences really spoke to me, especially the bit about envying mums who seem to be so naturally and effortlessly breastfeeding their babies!

  • Why not discuss exactly how the dairy industry has increased production? That’s something people need to understand, along with the environmental, human health and animal welfare costs involved. Dairy is harmful and incredibly unnecessary. We’re humans, not animals and we do not need to consume animal milk to live.

  • I am so happy I found your cried so many times because I am so frustrated. I hope that these tips will help me and my baby. Thank you!

  • Very helpful video. Thank you! Quick question, when doing block feeding, how did you prevent plugged ducts on the other side? I am trying block feeding and I feel like I am constantly having to manage the plugged ducts on the non/fed side. Would love your tips!

    My daughter has also had the green, frothy poos and was not gaining weight well starting week 2. I was advised to pump off the foremilk to get her more fatty milk. This has helped, but You can imagine this pumping has just exacerbated the issue. She is now 16 weeks old and is able to handle the flow better but I’m still pumping off milk before! I am weaning off the pumping and trying block feeding again trying to make it stick. I just keep getting plugged ducts! After watching your video, I think I will try to do the full pump in the morning. Then when it came time to switch to the other breast, which obviously gets very full when it’s not being used, would you just go right to it or would you pump off some of the milk first?

    Also, for her digestion, we started my daughter on Evivo probiotics and it made a HUGE difference for her.

  • I’m so glad I found this video will def be applying those techniques my daughter is two months old! And I struggle so much with overproduction of milk, so frustrated, can’t go out more than two hours… I don’t leak though (like rarely) but my breast get so engorged A LOT OF clogged milk ducts, so painful, already had mastitis twice… I’m really trying to breastfeed my baby as long as i can, but some days i feel like i can’t. I want to give up sometimes.

  • This was the problem I had too. I’ve never come across anything about oversupply as like you say, nobody thinks it’s a problem. I actually started to exclusively express as I really didn’t want to waste all the milk I was producing but it was such hard work, the sound of the breast pump still haunts me! Seeing those shells brought back some memories. Hoping to breastfeed again next time so definitely going to try all of your tips. Such a useful video ☺️

  • The plural for Sheep is Sheep not Sheeps ( 2:01) and these videos on Milk are much more accurate: 1)

  • I struggled with this too (over a decade ago…a bra size H)) and have learned that when a baby uses it’s tongue to block the flow of milk to prevent choking, it takes on a dysfunctional swallowing pattern that can affect facial growth, speech, digestion, sleep apnea, etc. years later. I am dealing with this now and finally putting all the pieces together that lead straight back to nursing. You are an excellent, determined mother to dedicate yourself to your child. Breastfeeding is the best thing and you are fantastic to stick with this no matter the odds.

  • Under supplier here:(
    But my letdown is epic. The first 5 minutes is 30mls then struggle to get 10mls for the following 25minutes. However my girl drinks 100ml-120mls every 3 hours.
    Just that first 5 minutes you can hear her struggling to feed

  • how many cow are forced to milk and to give birth many times a year. how many young cow being butchered right after birth just to steal the milk that belongs to them..

  • I’m a first time mum and was extremely naive to how difficult breastfeeding would be! It’s been a struggle from day one and it feels like every day we’re dealing with a new hurdle, we’re almost 5 weeks into and I’m happy to say I’ve gritted my teeth through all the painful feeds, however, still trying to deal with the oversupply issue. Just wondering, i experience pain with each let down, is that normal?

  • Also cant you pnmp pump pump feed bottle you get a very large supply. Last 6 months in freezer soyour done You only need to beasstfeed for six months. Your done.They can go on table food. Surely you dont want to feed until he goes to school.

  • I also have an oversupply but it’s mostly my left side so I have completely different sized breasts. When you block fed, what did you do with the breast that you didn’t feed with because I’m sure it got super engorged. I’m trying to block feed but I end up giving up and feeding my daughter my left side because it gets so hard. I’m a first time mom and I’ve been struggling with this for 2 1/2 months now.

  • How much of the tea would you drink just to help slow down the milk production? As I dont want my milk to stop but definately reduce?

  • Hey! great video! Have been having problems from the beginning with breastfeeding..and took me a long time to understand this was my problem…. now my little one is 3 months and it’s still a struggle..some days are better some are worse..and with me I can only manage to breastfeed while lying on the side, which means I can’t go out for more than 2 hours. I also do a mini block feed only feed from one side each time. You wrote you had thrush.. how did you know it was thrush and did you treat it? how? did it help? thanks so much!!!!

  • I was thinking am the only one suffering from this problem… I feel panic whn my boy chokes on milk �� hez my first n hez just 5 weeks

  • Hey, with the oversupply, did your breasts sag a lot or got misshapen? And did they got to the same shape more or less after quitting breastfeeding? Thanks so much for this. My baby reacts the same and milk sprays into her face. Oversupply is so underrated ��

  • The Almighty universal designer and creator of all these things, we have to recognize and give thanks to Him first. But scientists taking out the immune systems food, the microbes. Anyway they are preserving it for business.

  • Can i brestfeed again I’ll stop brestfeeding 2months coz i smoke but how can i brestfeed my baby i dont know were to start again? Can u help me i want to brestfeed my baby again.

  • Thank you for considering the fact that some woman are working on the cold turkey. I went cold on smoking one time and now I have my sec child I am going to do even better this time I just had to keep the stress off my mind. I don’t know how I would get rid of years of cancers if I keep smoking to get cancer but I do know GOD will restore only if it can be restored.

  • This was so helpful. My baby is 8 weeks old tomorrow and I have the same issue. He’s constantly choking on my milk and I don’t stop leaking! I manage to feed on one breast for almost a day too! I will try your tips, thank you ♡

  • Hi, thank you so much for this video! I was wondering, at night it seems that my breasts are “leaking” a lot of milk, and I find myself waking up in a puddle of my own milk in the you have any recommendations or tips to handle the situation? I guess wearing a brace chilling at night is not the best idea for the long term.thanks ❤

  • Dears! Please take attention to breastfeeding and “Milk Siblings” in Islam!
    In some cultures and time periods, it has been customary for infants to be nursed by a foster-mother (sometimes called a “nurse-maid” or “milk mother”). In ancient Arabia, it was common for city families to send their infants to a foster-mother in the desert, where it was considered a healthier living environment. The Prophet Muhammad(a) himself was cared for in infancy by both his mother and a foster-mother named Halima.
    Islam recognizes the importance of breastfeeding to the growth and development of a child, and the special bond that develops between a nursing woman and a baby. A woman who substantially nurses a child (more than five times before the age of two years) becomes a “milk mother” to the child, which is a relationship with special rights under Islamic law. The suckled child is recognized as a full sibling to the foster-mother’s other children, and as a mahram to the woman. Adoptive mothers in Muslim countries sometimes try to fulfill this nursing requirement, so that the adopted child can be more easily integrated into the family.

    P.S. It means the suckled child never can get marry with this milk mother’s children! You can say that we are not muslim and this religious regulations not for us. But Islam is for all humanity and believers!
    Let God bless you!

  • I have to pump 8 times a day to keep from getting mastitis. All of these techniques have been non effective. I’ve not tried the herbal stuff yet though. I’m producing 6-8 oz and feed 8-10 times a day. My daughter is 2 1/2 weeks and I’ve got 70 of those Lansinoh bags in the deep freeze. I ended up in the hospital when I tried the block feeding. I fainted from the pain. I get so upset when people act like I don’t have a genuine issue with overproduction. It’s the hardest thing to work through and I’m still recovering from a c-section

  • Thank you so much for this video… I have just stumbled on it and i have been unknowingly struggling with oversupply thinking it was the norm. I am so glad I found this video

  • I have an odd issue an oversupply and fast flow/forceful letdown in ONE BREAST only! My baby chokes, gulps, and spits up and now he’s really gassy because of all the air he’s been swallowing! It’s such a difficult issue to face!

  • Omg, you just described what i was living, with my second baby I eant to givr my milk BUT with in bottle, not directly breastfeed because it soooooo hard for us, its like a big trouble for all the family

  • So thats why my frickin cat kept suckin his brother’s balloons (his mum was too sick to feed him liquid mayo thats he had to THHHH his older brother)

  • I have oversupply and am going mental over it. Some nights when my breasts are hard and painful; I cry so badly. Baby obviously doesn’t feed as much as I’m producing and my LC told me not to pump because it stimulates more. She said I can only pump to take the edge off but sometimes I just want to feel “empty” you know what I mean?? No one I know has dealt with this so I do feel alone and frustrated. When I was pregnant everyone and their mothers were preaching about no shame in supplementing with formula as they experienced a low supply. Lo and behold I get to experience oversupply!
    Also It’s hard to leave the house when I am only feeding baby on one breast while the other breast gets really full and painful. I am 4 weeks pp and not really keen to use my electric pump in public.
    Sigh. I just want my breast milk to even out to baby’s needs so I can go out without worries about pains and aches and leaks. Is that even possible?? I have contrmplated quitting breastfeeding entirely because of my oversupply.:( But each time I change my mind cuz I really want baby to be breastfed until at least 6 to 8mths.
    Tell me how did you manage to go out and about with the baby whilst having a really full breast?
    my routine is feeding on one breast on one feeding. My baby does not feed all in one go. She feeds for 5 mins then sleeps and wakes in at least 10 -20mins for more milk so collectively its about 15-20mins feed. This is good and bad. Good cuz then I burp her she has a gas problem. Bad cuz the 1 feed will take almost an hour or so and the other breast is just screaming to be drained but I can only pump for 5 mins for relief.
    Any other advice for me? Thanks and really pleased to have found your video!

  • Very interesting information, I struggle with low supply the first two months and after two month I make just enough for my baby i never leak. When I would struggle with low supply I wished so bad to just have an abundance of milk to make sure baby was full for longer. I always have to feed baby from both and still sometimes he’s not satisfied ����… so now I see that breastfeeding is challenging for both low supply and over supply, thank you for sharing your experience

  • That was The worst clip of Ted ever made full of wrong information!!!! Milk if not from mother is the worst thing ever created to break down bones, infect infants and break down immunity! So disappointed!!!!!

  • Thank you for sharing your story! I am having this issue and it breaks my heart and makes me feel so horrible. Currently at 5 weeks and just starting block feeding. It’s been hard and relatives I talk to don’t seem to understand and don’t even understand this could be a problem. It’s also helpful to know that at 6 weeks there might be some more relief! Thank you fir all the helpful tips and tricks!!

  • The only person who I could really relate to. Thank you for your advice, I am looking forward to trying them. I feel many people dont understand the challenges of this problem, it really gave me a bad experience with being a new mum, I felt like a failure. Thanks again

  • You did a lot of research but forgot to mention, cows are used for milk, for over 7000 years and you didn’t even mentioned. Half baked information?

  • I meant: I guess wearing a breast shell at night is not the best idea*Also, sleeping on towels didn’t work since the milk just soakes them and the bed!

  • My baby is 7 weeks old and I am on my second round of mastitis.�� I refuse to give up! I have an oversupply of milk. On just one side I produce 8oz and 4oz on the other side, my baby is only drinking 3oz. I have a crazy letdown and my poor baby gags and chokes every single time it’s time to nurse. Neither of us can keep up with my milk supply. It only takes one hour for my breast to fill back up so I would pump to empty all of the time. Oh boy was I wrong! I have clearly told my body to produce too much milk. I was supposed to pump for comfort.

    Thank you for sharing this video. I found it very helpful. I am going to try block feeding.

  • wow, this was definitely needed thank God bc I was freaking inside when my baby would choke n it wouldn’t even be as bad as your baby but a baby choking period is nerve racking..thank you
    sooooo much!!!!!!!

  • Hola, la leche materna tiene ademas de funciones nutritivas transferir la protección inmunomoduladora necesaria para toda la vida de su descendencia. Con lo que transmite ( anticuerpos, factores de crecimiento, hormonas y células madres) otorga las herramientas para mejorar la calidad de vida de esa persona y la comunidad que vive. Es mucho mas que solo leche. Como la de cada mamífero se adapta para la trascendencia de su especie. Saludos @draPatrilac

  • I have the same and I never knew this was the reason my baby can’t be fed normally! That’s why I chose pumping my milk….:( I just wish it was normal. Little one chokes all the time.

  • Great feedback for a problem I’m having myself. I want to pump, but trying to figure out the best way to avoid putting my supply into overdrive. I just got through spending a week to correct those hard lumps of oversupply!

    PS: The Frank About Feeding Blog no longer exists, so you may want to remove that link from the description. I know this is a 2 year old video, but people are still coming to it (like me) and may want to read more if you provide a link.

  • Milk is actually a type of sweat, originally produced not to feed young but as a way of distributing anti-microbial peptides over the surface of the animal.