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11/11/2013 at 17:35
i think I've used the right term. S is 5 days old and my milk has well and truly cone in. I am producing a massive amount of milk and am becoming engorged. When trying to feed S it is spraying him and he is sometimes choking. It's obviously also affecting his latch and feeding is starting to become painful.
I have started to express a little off before each feed so that S isn't overwhelmed and it is a little more comfortable. But how much should I take off, I don't want my body to think it needs to produce more? Also how long will this feeling last for, when will my supply regulate and I will begin to feel more comfortable? It's getting me down a little and the pain in my breasts is starting to get too much.
Any advice much appreciated x
11/11/2013 at 17:51
I had this as well. I was advised to feed leaning back so that the milk is going against gravity and comes out slower x
11/11/2013 at 17:55
I had exactly this problem and its horrible. I expressed a bit before each feed, and gradually reduced the amount with every few feeds. I also found that cold compresses helped - cold flannel on the side I wasn't feeding from, and I also used them if I was in pain. As much as it helps the discomfort avoid hot water on them when you shower - you will pour and then produce more. I was also advised to feed laying on my back with Florence laying on my tummy but she never liked it.
It does pass I promise. I think Florence was 6 weeks which sounds like forever, but it goes very fast
11/11/2013 at 18:09
I've read about feeding leaning back so will try this. Will do the cold compress too. 6 weeks does sound like a long time. Will take it a day at a time, I'm also going to go to a breast feeding support group for a bit of extra help and advice.
11/11/2013 at 20:45
I had this. Particularly my left boob! We did get to a point where she would just scream at the left. I was advised to do laid back BFing too - but i couldn't get the hang on it - and by the time i had tried to get the hang of every position possible, she was big enough to guzzle from the left & then the left became her favourite - probably cos she didnt have to put in much effort - so in other words, like everything, this too will pass
11/11/2013 at 21:49
I had this and did as others suggested, fed leaving back and expressed a tiny bit each time. It will get better though, I was quite unlucky that last time it took until 8 weeks, this time my supply and let down had settled by 2 weeks. It gets better and easier. Promise.
11/11/2013 at 21:56
11/11/2013 at 22:28
Thanks for the reassurance everyone, fingers crossed it only lasts a couple of weeks I gave really struggled today, lots of tears!! Will gave a look at the kellymom site too.
11/11/2013 at 22:32
From my experience, expressing before feeds only led to more milk being produced. It's still early days for you, and we didn't sort this out until A was 5 months (!) but that was due to hyperlactation and a fast let down.
Definitely try laid back feeding (you can google it for more info), - it didn't really help me, I was still spraying everywhere, but it did help A to feed properly.
I'd give your supply chance to regulate, it is still trying to catch up with baby, but if it continues I'd consider block feeding (are you feeding from both sides at a feed at the moment?). It was the only thing that regulated my supply, but again, that was at 5 months (after suffering for all of those 5 months)
A breastfeeding support group is a good idea, they'll also be able to check your latch to make sure you don't get mastitis from the engorgement.
I'd second what everyone else says - It does get better as your little one gets bigger and is able to cope with the flow better.
12/11/2013 at 02:24
Thanks smashed crab, laid back feeding is going quite well, he is not getting so overwhelmed. Only feeding from one side per feed at the minute, he seems to be a bit more of a snacker so only feeds for 10-15 mins.
12/11/2013 at 20:50
I fed in a feeding chair leaning right back which really helped. On the positive, she feeds in 4 minutes flat and has done from being teeny once she got the hang of the flow so it does have an upside!
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