I am a first time mom and I'm breastfeeding my LO (2 weeks old today). So far the experience has been great - he has a great latch-on, I am producing milk well, and he is having an adequate amount of wet and dirty diapers!
For the past few days, I've noticed that when my LO begins to feed, my let-down comes so quickly and the milk flows so fast that he has a hard time keeping up. He begins to gulp when swallowing and chokes. This isn't such a problem during the day because I can regulate it by pumping a little off before he eats and he does great. But at night, it creates a problem it seems. He sleeps 3 to 3 1/2 hours usually and it's hard to know when I need to pump because I don't know when he is going to wake to eat. So when he eats during the night, the choking occurs and if he hasn't had enough I have trouble getting him to latch back on because he is sleepy. Then I find myself up an hour later feeding him again because he doesn't have a full belly to stay asleep. Is there anything I can do differently?
When will his eating habits change? For instance, when will he start spacing out his daytime feedings more and not eat every 2-3 hours? When will my milk supply adjust? I find that when I wake in the mornings, I have to pump because I am so full. I usually can pump at least 4-5 oz in less than 5 minutes - THAT'S CRAZY TO ME