Hi, this is my first post here and I am really getting desperate now so I need your help
I have an 8 week old baby boy who is a BIG baby (he's 17lbs). I have EBF since day 1 and we've had many, many issues with breastfeeding. Here they are in short for reference:
1) Damaged left nipple that is still cracked and sore to nurse on;
2) Had to block feed on the right breast to give the left one a break;
3) This combined with him sleeping longer at night..
... has created a really bad oversupply/forceful letdown problem in my right breast. So much so that my LO is flat out refusing to feed on the right now no matter what I do. He will only feed on the right breast when he's either half asleep, or when it's almost completely drained it seems. Even then it's a struggle because the mere sight of the boob in front of him sends him into a crying frenzy.
I know it is a forceful flow and oversupply issue because he has all of the symptoms. He gulps a lot of air, chokes/splutters, milk pours out the sides of his mouth, he gags, and can't seem to gulp slowly ever. I have tried expressing a little before I feed, cabbage leaf in bra, block feeding, cold compresses etc you name it I've tried it. I am now reduced to pumping this right breast when he is due to feed on it everytime to draw most of the milk out in hopes that he will feed after I pump.
What can I do about this and why is it happening? Will he ever be able to feed off the right breast contentedly or am I doomed to oversupply? He feeds on the left one just fine although he does still gulp air, it seems I can't help that. Please help