Hello - my one month old continues to choke and gulp when breastfeeding. I've tried alternate positions - clutch/football with his back and head elevated, me reclining, him basically sitting next to me, facing me, and nothing seems to work for longer than 3 minutes or so before he starts gulping and choking. He then wrestles with my nipple, and it's difficult to unlatch him. Once I DO get him unlatched, milk is spraying everywhere - I have tried to spray into a towel, but I will continue spraying for 5+ minutes without any let-up. I try to put him back on the breast as soon as I THINK things have slowed down, but he fights me, and I don't want to force him.
All of that said, I have tried block feeding, but honestly, I'm not sure that I have an oversupply - I have never been engorged, and while my LO is gaining weight steadily, my breast RARELY feel "hard" at all. I also don't always feel the letdown (in fact I've NEVER felt it when he's actively feeding, just prior to starting or when I hear him cry), so I can't anticipate when the spraying will start.
I'm not sure what to do at this point. I've considered just pumping a lot and giving him bottles of breast milk rather than my actual breast...? Does anyone have any other suggestions?
Appreciate any help/advice!