My baby is almost 9wks old and we went thru the same thing. My older daughter had a milk allergy, which caused the large spit-up amounts, so I thought maybe it was the same issue with my LO. It wasn't though. I think with the oversupply and forceful letdown, she was getting a lot of air in her tummy from gulping and gasping. Burping her a lot helped, and cycling her legs, but with time she's gotten better at managing my letdown. Plus, my supply has regulated, so she isn't being flooded with milk. So try not to worry too much :gvibes Frequent nursing will give her the practice she needs to deal with everything better. Good luck!
Thank you, everyone, for the great advice! This has really helped me a lot. I do think the problem is just that I'm making too much milk right now. I think its coming out too fast for her. I'm super engorged this morning, and when she pulls off the breast the milk starts pouring out! I'm definitely going to keep nursing as often as I can, for my comfort if nothing else! Its good to know there's nothing wrong with her, now that I know what's going on I can better deal with the problem. I've been trying to nurse her more upright, rather than horizontally, and it's seemed to help a lot, along with frequent burping. I just hope my supply evens out soon, this sore tingly feeling is driving me crazy!
:ita And don't be afraid to burp her frequently!! That might help with the bloating. When your milk ejection is strong, babies tend to swallow more air. It's nothing to really worry about, but frequent burping will keep baby more comfy. This baby sometimes vomits up so much milk I can't believe she got that much in her to begin with! The good news is that moms who have oversupply in the beginning rarely have to worry about slow weight gain in their babies. My little boy chunked up so fast! So don't let anyone tell you in three months that you are overfeeding your baby because she's super chubby, okay? It all evens out once they start moving. :gvibes
:ita Good plan! Frequent nursing is the best treatment for oversupply and engorgement, and upright nursing positions are the first line of defense against fast letdowns. If another week or two goes by and your supply is still in overdrive, let us know. you may have to graduate to block feeding (using just one breast per feeding for several feedings in a row) in order to get your body to throttle back- but you're not there yet. Give this a little time and see if it evens out on its own.
If you think there is something more going on, see your pedi. But I wouldn't for fear of it confusing the situation more. If she is generally happy and only a little fussy before spitting up but happy afterwards and it looks like milk with nothing else in it then I wouldn't worry too much. She is only a week old her tummy is still new and needs little time to catch up to this wonderful new food she gets to have.
I would not use a pacifier yet she is far too young and it could negatively impact your supply even if your overproducing now. Which I don't think was established as the case. Also you mentioned that the milk comes too fast and I'm not sure that was established as the case either. What makes you think the milk is coming too fast? If you have OALD that could cause some of the gassiness. But again she is just a week and babies bodies need a little time to adjust being out of the womb.
Sorry I somehow missed the whole second page of posts. :angry pin Sounds like you do have OALD and you've got it under control.
Continue on :D