Engorgement, spraying milk, full breasts - it can take some time for your breasts to settle down.
In the early weeks of breastfeeding, some mums may make more milk than their babies need or can easily cope with. You may feel that your breasts are huge, they leak a lot, your baby is getting too much or your milk comes too fast. You may experience one, two or all of these things.
It can take about 6 weeks for your breasts to settle down to making the right amount of milk for your baby's needs and this is normal.
Ways to help your supply adjust
Feed your baby according to need, rather than to a set schedule. It’s common for breastfed babies to feed more than 8 times in 24 hours.
Let your baby finish the first breast before offering the other, rather than timing your feeds.
Get to know your baby’s feeding cues. If you know when baby is ready, you can feed before your breasts become too full.
Wake your baby for a feed if your breasts get full and uncomfortable.
Express a little only for comfort if you need to. It may also help your baby to attach properly if your breasts are very full.
Avoid using a silicone milk catcher. These can remove an unnecessary amount of milk from your breast, which contributes to the large supply