My baby is now 6 months and we are still REALLY struggling with OALD/OS. I have tried almost everything to reduce my supply! Blockfeeding does not seem to work to reduce my supply and when I start a new block (switch sides, my baby just CANNOT cope with the flow, I mean not even the let down, but before the let down, as soon as she latches, I spray and she chokes or gulps so fast and comes off coz she can't keep up). If I do one feed per side, she copes a bit better with the flow, but gets lactose overload and writhes around in pain for hours. I have worked my way up to 12 hour blocks, so a night boob and a day boob, she still struggles with the flow on the fifth feed on the same side and it takes me over an hour with her in the carrier until she will finally take a feed. She definitely wants to nurse, latches on eagerly but comes off within 20 secs. I am not quite as engorged as previously but do have to hand express a few times for about 30 secs during the 12 hours, however when it is time for the swap, I hand express a few squirts but she just cannot nurse. It took us 2 hours of us trying tonight and in the end, I gave up and hand expressed about 2 and a half oz and she was able to feed with a struggle! I am really not sure what to do, I want to continue BF more than anything but just don't know how to manage this. I am seriously thinking about trying taking the combined contraceptive pill for 4 days (my last resort). Does anyone know anything about using it to reduce supply? Is it reversible if it reduces it too much? I just can't bare to see my baby so distressed any more. Bf is meant to be a wonderful bonding experience and really for us it is just a nightmare! I have a few questions that I would love responses on, before I make my decision.
- is it normal for milk to squirt as soon as baby latches?
- should a baby be able to cope with this?
- does supply naturally reduce/ regulate, if so, by when?
- if I do 12 hour blocks and hand express before I swap sides, should my supply still reduce?
- those of you with experience of OALD/OS, could your babies cope with the flow when on new side?
- what would you all do in my position?
Thank you all for your responses, I am at a loss as to what I should do!