My first baby was born 2 months ago and is a champion nurser. She makes it so easy on me, but I feel horrible because I know I have oversupply issues. I didn't think it was severe as to warrant help, because her poops are typically normal, and her weight gain has been good (rough estimate at about 12 lbs currently), but something is definitely happening now that makes me feel like I am causing her discomfort.
I nurse her when she wants--every 2-3 hrs, sometimes every hour... And almost always if we start on the opposite breast we ended with she will get sprayed on... She gulps, coughs, chokes a bit and always pushes off for a second and then tries again. I have tried pumping before nursing but it only makes the next day's flow worse. I have tried expressing into a cloth beforehand and that sometimes helps but just aggravates her. Then she gets the worst gas pains during and after feedings. I know she gulps too much air. I have tried reclining back, but it doesn't seem to affect the flow at all. She doesn't like to be on her tummy so she can't nurse on top of me.
But lately another issue has come up: pacifying and comfort nursing. She wants to pacify on me but my milk is "getting" in the way! She hates pacifiers, bottles, any kind of fake nipple... She wants to suck to soothe and to fall asleep but she has trouble doing that on me because she gets too much milk. She will cry in frustration with a mouth full of milk. This of course only makes her more gassy...
I want to help my baby but I am not sure how. I have tried block feeding... But I don't know if it has worked or not since the supply has been about the same. Also when she tries to suck for comfort I am worried that it only increases my supply... Thus making me continue over-producing...
She doesn't like sleeping alone or apart from us (we hold her or carry her), and even when my husband is rocking her to sleep she will try to soothe herself by sucking on his shirt. Then I will take her to try and get her to sleep on me and she will want to suck... Then cries when she gets too much milk. She has plenty of wet diapers and her weight gain is fine so I know she is getting enough.
Is there anything I can do to help her? I basically just want her to be able
to soothe on me, or to have some kind of soothing method period, and to also ease her nursing experience so she will be more comfortable & less gassy. Ultimately she WILL reach this point--where she will pacify on me nicely and fall asleep--but it takes so long and it's such a struggle for her to get there.
Any advice or tips appreciated! Thanks mamas!