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03/06/2013 at 19:57
After a crazy screaming fit with Sam earlier when my boobs were too full for him, and my milk was driving him mad, I hand expressed 5ml and we gave it him in a syringe to calm him and soften my boob. he then had his first 'good' feed of the day, and fed from both breasts in a calm, orderly manner!
It's day 10 and my boobs seem to have gone a bit mad - I woke up in a pool of milk this morning - does this happen around now? And should I express to relieve this? Or will this just increase my supply? We have the pump ready but i'm not sure what to do, and if I should express, should I do it in between feeds or just before? If just before I worry I'm taking all his thirst quenching milk, but in between am I messing with supply/demand?
Is this engorgement just a phase? Am worried about him not feeding properly and possibly getting blocked ducts / an infection.
Thanks and sorry for rambly post, typing frantically before he notices I've put him down!!
03/06/2013 at 20:02
Totally normal! But expressing will just stimulate your supply, if you absolutely can't get him to latch then use the pump just a tiny bit right before the feed and only to soften the boobs enough so he can latch on. He needs to regulate your supply himself really so express only to ease discomfort and allow him to latch on. Freeze what you express!
03/06/2013 at 20:20
Possibly try just hand expressing into his mouth a bit at the start of each feed so he gets a taste but you are controlling it and softening your boobs a bit. I think some people do just produce a lit more milk which can be hard for baby to get used to to start with x
03/06/2013 at 20:39
We had our breast feeding workshop at antenatal class today and the woman said if engorged then express a little just to soften the breast enough to allow baby to get a good latch.
03/06/2013 at 20:44
As everyone else said, just a tiny bit if needed at the start. I definitely wouldn't in between or after each feed as that will increase your supply.
I had an abundance of milk too, it did settle down eventually but I remember waking up covered in milk too so you have my sympathy.
03/06/2013 at 20:48
I used to just take the edge off into a breastpad if it was really bad. It will settle down. I remember thinking how on earth an someone bf without either wearing pads, or wearing a bra in bed, but you do get to that point eventually!
03/06/2013 at 21:19
Thanks a lot, I will just hand express a little then if needed, and hopefully things will settle down :)
03/06/2013 at 23:11
We are on day 5 and i've been trying to bf William. He's such a hungry baby and because i didn't get the latch right at the very beginning, i now have really sore cracked and sore boobs to the point where i physically couldn't face feeding him myself this morning, so i gave him a bottle of formula instead. I'm taking a wee break from feeding him myself today and expressing milk after i give him a bottle of formula to keep my supply at what it is, and now that i've expressed some of my milk, i can start feeding him that instead. I'm going to retry him on the boob tonight as they've had most of the day without a baby on them (breast pump didn't hurt me to use, which made me very happy) and they've been bathed in Lanolin too.
04/06/2013 at 01:41
As others have said express a little to help latch if needed. I was also told to put baby to boob at any given oppotunity dont wait for him to cry to be fed he will seem constantly hungry - this is normal! Your melons will settle in a day or two so just keep feeding. Sounds like you are doing a fab job lamby xxx
04/06/2013 at 07:40
What everyone else said. I remember writing a similar post about waking up drenched in milk and not believing it when I was told it would settle. It does! I only ever leak or feel uncomfortable now if I miss a feed and leave it a good few hours.
04/06/2013 at 08:09
Thanks guys. Had it a bit in the night but he latched on ok after a few minutes and we had a good feed. Glad to hear my boobs will settle, can't believe the size of my bad boys ha ha!
04/06/2013 at 08:18
I had a really fast let down, a tip the BF counsellor gave me was to lean back at the start of a feed to let gravity help slow it down. It did settle eventually.
04/06/2013 at 08:22
The glamour of motherhood! B is 17 weeks and i still wake up drenched in milk every morning! RKB - it may not be due to not latching, with both babies my nipples were cracke# and agony for the first few weeks, remember they arent used to this kind of work! If you can possibly bear it I'd try and keep going as they do toughen up and dtop hurting. It's horrible until then though x
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