My son is almost 5 months old, and I just figured out a few weeks ago that I have an oversupply issue. I have been block feeding for about a week, just nursing from one side per feeding. His diarrhea is no longer green, and he is having 3-4 BM's a day (loose, yellow, kind of watery, still with some small amounts of mucus) - he was having 6-8 green, "spinachy" poops before. While his BM's have improved (although I don't think they are "normal"...are they? is it okay to be on the watery side and have some mucus?), I am still struggling to get my OALD under control.
I have tried lying way back in my rocker, lying down in bed and have used a nipple shield a few times. The nipple shield is about the only thing that seems to work, but I don't want to use this too much for fear of nipple confusion (I have already noticed a few times that when I remove it and put him back on the breast that he "chews" more. When I don't use the shield, my son will nurse pretty vigorously through the first let down (usually will not choke or cough, but does seem to barely be able to keep up)...as soon as it is over, he unlatches, starts crying, and usually passes some gas and will have a watery BM...he does this no matter what position I am in (but does not exhibit these symptoms when I use the nipple shield).
I have tried unlatching him as soon as the letdown starts, but my milk never "sprays" out when I take him off...making me think this he may have a very strong suck and that this is why he is having problems. I read a LLL article that mentioned doing a "scissors" hold of the areola with your first and middle fingers to help slow down the ejection reflex and I am just wondering if anyone has experience with this? I just tried it for a feeding and it did seem to work well, but I am afraid that if I do it all the time I am going to cause plugged ducts. Is it okay to do this for every feeding? Are you supposed to apply pressure or just squeeze?
I am getting ready to travel and spend quite a bit of time in airports and I am nervous about breastfeeding because I know I will probably have to nurse sitting up, and we still have issues even when I lie down...so if anyone has any other suggestions about ways to help with OALD while traveling, I would love to hear them! Thank you so much!