Neverending oversupply issues...
I was told that my oversupply would even out on its own as I began to exclusively nurse my son (as opposed to exclusively pumping). Well, it hasn't! I'm not pumping unless I'm at work (3 nights a week) and I'm nursing on demand/every 3-4 hours. When I'm at work, I only pump the amount the baby takes from a bottle (my husband texts me each feeding). The baby is going to be 2 months old on the 28th. Well, I'm ALWAYS full, and that's making the latch difficult, so sometimes I try to express a little first, but usually it still hurts so I just grit my teeth through it and nurse him. When my breasts are soft, the latch doesn't really hurt.
I have a LLL book, so today I've been trying what it recommends...it says to nurse a couple times on each breast, only that breast. Well, I've done the left breast twice and my right breast feels like a freaking bowling ball! I just hand expressed milk for about 20 seconds as it also recommends (if uncomfortable), and it didn't help much at all. I think there is probably about 8 ounces of milk in that breast alone!
Am I doing the right thing? I don't know what else I can do...and when I switch breasts and put the baby on the overfull one at first, it's going to be hard for him to nurse...I don't want to drown him! I usually nurse side-lying so milk can run out of the side of his mouth if he needs it to; that seems to help with choking/sputtering. But he still has spit-up/gas issues more often than I expected.
There are three reasons for breast-feeding: the milk is always at the right temperature; it comes in attractive containers; and the cat can't get it. ~Irena Chalmers