I am fairly sure that I suffer from overactive letdown, though not at every feed. I have been reading up on it and have a few questions for the experienced moms out there:
1. Is overactive letdown the same as oversupply? Can you have overactive letdown without oversupply? My milk will squirt out without any stimulation after letdown, but my breasts feel empty after one feed, so I think it's more an issue of how fast the milk comes out than the amount of milk.
2. What exactly is the goal of block feeding? Is it to reduce the supply? I tried this but then the other breast was SO full by the time it was its turn that I had even worse OALD than normally. How does this help??
3. I normally nurse about every 2 hours during the day, but I'll go for longer stretches at night if my son allows it. Last night he went 4 hours between feeds at night and the milk just came shooting out and he choked on the milk, got gassy, and cried and cried and cried. How do you control this at night, even if during the day you're able to keep it under control by feeding often?
4. I've read that you should pull the baby off when you let down and let the milk squirt into a burp cloth. I've been doing this and I think it's helping, however, by the time I pull him off he's already choking on the milk. Is there a way to "anticipate" the letdown so that I can pull him off before he starts getting squirted with the "fire hose"? I know some women feel it but I don't really.
5. Another question about pulling him off and squirting into a burp cloth - how long should I do this for? Just until it stops squirting out on its own? That's what I've been doing.
Thanks in advance and apologies if these questions have been answered elsewhere - it's my first time here and I'm a first time mama, so I'm a newbie in all respects!