Re: Really Uncertain- Need BF Help!
I think you really hit the nail on the head: it's so hard to know what is bothering your LO- fast letdowns, slow letdowns, something else? If the issue is fast letdowns, I think you would want to see some or all of the following: baby choking, coughing, gagging, spluttering, or making a clicking/clucking noise during feedings, and milk squirting or streaming from the breast when baby unlatches. You might also experience frequent engorgement, lots of sensations of "fullness", and lots of leaking. Slow letdowns would be harder to detect because they don't have such pronounced symptoms. So I'm not sure how you'd determine if slow letdowns were a problem... Except perhaps by trying to gauge when you're having them- either by having the letdown sensation or watching for lots of gulping. If the baby seems unhappy when there's no letdown occurring, then maybe the issue is that the letdowns aren't coming fast enough for him.
I think there's another strong possibility here: reflux. Constant feeding, constant screaming when not feeding... They can be reflux symptoms because milk is alkaline and helps neutralize stomach acid, and because constant swallowing can help keep stomach contents down where they belong.
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