Re: 4 week old. OALD or undersupply?
Oversupply and OALD can be kind of tricky. For some moms, it's obvious. Their milk sprays everywhere when the baby comes off the breast, the baby is obviously struggling with the fast flow (gulping, gagging, coughing, choking, spluttering), the baby h lots of green poops, and the mom feels full or engorged all the time. But when oversupply/OALD is milder, it can be really hard to figure out how mismatched supply and demand really are, and if so, how much they bother the baby.
In order to diagnose OS/OALD, I would want to see most or all of the following:
- Baby bothered when milk lets down- choking, gasping, gagging, clicking, etc.
- Milk sprays or squirts from the breast when baby pulls off
- Mom able to express multiple oz with ease (there's no hard number here, but let's say 3 or more oz from one breast in under 10 minutes, though what sort of pump you use is going to matter a lot!)
- Mom frequently feels engorged, leaks often
- Baby's poops consistently green or greenish
Do not freak out, mama! If this is oversupply, it's fixable. If this is low supply, it's fixable. And either way, you will not have to exclusively pump in order to avoid months of battles at the breast. Your supply will adjust and your baby will adjust and eventually everything will get better. I promise! I know a lot of moms get into breastfeeding expecting this wonderful experience- mom and baby communing and cuddling in a rosy glow of bliss- and if you stick with it you will get that experience. But not everyone gets it right off the bat. Just because breastfeeding is natural doesn't mean it's easy, and the first few months can be very challenging. But like most challenging things, you and your LO will get better at this and you will be rewarded for your effort!
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