Re: Overactive letdown and swallowing a TON of air
Welcome to the forum and congratulations on the new baby!
It sounds like you've made some tremendous advances in just 3 weeks. Your supply is better matched to baby's needs and you're seeing some yellow poops. Still struggling with fast flow and gas at 3 weeks is very normal- remember, teeny-tiny babies often have trouble coping with milk flow even when it's coming out at a "normal" speed. You just have to wait for baby to grow bigger and stronger, and he'll be able to handle any sort of letdown. Eventually you're likely to reach a point when he suddenly decides that he likes a fast milk flow, and starts to fuss because the milk is coming too slow!
Frequent feedings are textbook normal for such a young baby. Many breastfed babies eat every 90 minutes, or even more frequently. Remember, infant tummies are tiny and breastmilk digests fast. Because breastfed babies are completely in charge of their own intake, they tend to eat somewhat less at a feeding than bottle-fed babies, due to the mechanics of bottle-feeding. When a nursing baby is no longer hungry, milk flow will slow to a trickle or stop altogether, and baby will be able to get his comfort sucking needs met without ingesting a lot of extra milk. However, a bottle delivers the same fast flow of milk regardless of whether the baby is sucking eagerly for food or lazily for comfort, which means that a baby who is merely comfort sucking will get a lot of additional milk and will eat more at a sitting than a baby who nurses directly.
At this pont, the best thing you can do is to nurse on demand and hang in there as much as possible. Your baby will eventually get easier to nurse, I promise! Focus on regaining your strength, getting in a groove with the baby, and if you let your toddler watch a lot of tv right now no-one will blame you! Do you have help around the house? A babysitter or helpful grandma could really be a lifesaver right now!
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