For a woman’s breast, the size doesn’t correspond to the amount of milk produced. It can be extra-large but contains less than small-sized boob.
On a lighter note, it reminds me of certain Nigerian actor, in a movie, he was virtually looking for wife with big breast, for his future baby to get enough milk. It doesn’t work like that.
As much as the breast milk is significant for the baby’s growth and development, milk production is inborn in the mother.
When some mothers lament about under production others are dealing with excess leaking-milk from their breast, if not taken care of.
Fortunately or unfortunately, a US mother received the blessing of producing excess milk, when her baby get satisfied, the rest stored in freezers.
The 29-year-old mother of two, Elisabeth Anderson-Sierra, says she has a hyper lactation syndrome, a condition that contributes to mass production of breast milk, more than what the baby needs.
The condition is also called overabundant milk production. Having in labour for 30 hours, when Elisabeth gave birth, she couldn’t breast feed her daughter due to weakness and the girl would survive on donated breast milk.
This triggered her to donate the excess milk locally.
“It is not very weird, it is very natural thing. I have hyper lactation syndrome”, she says in a video posted in Facebook, viewed over 20 million times.
“I have 5,000 ounces of my breast milk (147 litres) stored in my freezer and my body makes 1.75 gallons a day (almost 7 litres)”.
She has so far donated over 2,600 litres of breast milk, this in turn, saves the lives of many kids whose mothers cannot produce enough to sustain them.
“But it makes a huge difference. I am saving lives by donating”, she adds.
Having such high quantity of milk in her breast, as she states, pumping the milk out is like an Olympic and surprisingly, it is no fun at all.
“Pumping is like an Olympic sport and it is not fun. I have not gotten a day off in three years”.
According to US National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health, hyper lactation syndrome, production of massive breast milk, is often diagnosed less compared its prevalence in healthy lactating mothers.
Health organizations, professional medical practitioners and even religious scriptures recommend mothers to breast their babies.
Elisabeth goes through tough time, especially pumping the milk and storing them.
Considering the frequency of getting rid of the milk from the breast, she requires pumping bras and nipple creams.
This, according to her, remains a headache in the donation journey.
Pumps, as she says, is expensive along with milk bags for storing milk before it is donated. Considering the amount of milk produced, more bags must be at her disposal.
A mother with this condition will likely witness milk coming out forcibly and leaking, according to Consumer Health Digest, and at some point pain could be felt in breast when the milk is coming out.
Babies, on the other hand, may spit up after few minutes of nursing due to the excessive milk production.
Although the condition is not a healthy warning but it troubles the mother and the kid, who should be nursed at a regular interval.
Without exact global statistics on the condition, hyper lactation syndrome is not common among lactating mothers.