Help! Do I have an overeater? Abundant supply? Baby with reflux? All or some of the above? Here are the facts:
I have a 2 week old boy. He drank a 4 ounce bottle of my milk at 1 week old! He sleeps for 2-4 hour periods in the daytime, then at night it is a chore to get him calmed to sleep. It goes something like this:
Hold him upright as long as we can while vigorously patting his back.
Lay him down in Pack n Play next to our bed.
Listen to sputtering/coughing/wheezing/struggling sounds until we can't take it anymore.
Pick him up. Sometimes fall asleep (against our best efforts and desires) with him laying tummy down on top of our tummy. Or next to us in bed.
Repeat next night!
We have tried:
Inclining his crib mattress
Burping him longer
Putting him in vibrating chair before transfer to crib
Putting him in carseat before transfer to crib
Using reflux meds prescribed by his pediatrician (we have a radiology appt tomorrow to look at his upper GI tract)
Now I am reading about oversupply and am also getting conflicting info:
Cold compresses vs. warm
Pump a lot vs. pump just enough for comfort
pump just enough comfort vs. risk mastitis because of unrelieved plugged ducts
I am at a quandary as to how to proceed. I sense that oversupply is my problem because the day after I got home from the hospital my breasts felt like they were filled with rocks and marbles (plugged ducts). I got a pump and the few times I pumped I would fill either half or a whole bottle with each breast and sometimes still have stubbornly plugged ducts. Now I am reading that I should pump no more than 30 seconds....which would definitely not relieve my ducts.
I have unhappily resorted to using a pacifier sometimes. I have no problem with him nursing to soothe himself if all that extra milk didn't create struggling sounds that worry me.
What to do? AAAHH!