Re: Help, first timer
Welcome to the forum! I'd never heard of Bohn's nodules so I googled them and it sounds like they are a lot like Epstein's pearls, which my second baby had. They should not impact breastfeeding in any way.
The gassiness, unlatching, and clacking noise sounds very much like what happens when a baby is coping with a forceful letdown of milk, something which often stems from an oversupply- the more milk you have, the faster it usually comes out. Many new moms start out with some degree of oversupply- it's nature's way of making sure baby gets fed while mastering the art of breastfeeding. But since you say your breasts are feeling "empty" it's quite possible that your supply is adjusting to a more reasonable level. The first thi to try when dealing with forceful letdowns is reclined nursing, since that way you enlist gravity to slow the flow of milk to the baby.
It's perfectly fine and normal for a baby to use the breast as a pacifier. If you were a baby, wouldn't you rather get your pacification needs met at a nice, warm, tasty breast rather than a cold piece of silicon?
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