Hi all. My little one is 2 weeks old and I am exclusively breastfeeding. For the past week, I have woken up at night with two outrageously engorged breasts and a sleepy baby who is not interested in eating much. She'll usually eat from one side and get a good amount out within 5-10 minutes before falling to sleep. However, even after she eats, I don't feel completely empty and will wake up within an hour or two completely engorged and uncomfortable again, with a baby that is down for the count and uninterested in eating at all. She was 9lbs 4oz at birth, 8lbs 13oz at 1 week, and 9lbs 13oz at this last checkup, so I am not too concerned about her getting enough, as she is gaining like a champ.
I've noticed she will often (perhaps 75% of the time) choke during the initial minutes of feeding, and on several occasions she has thrown up the entire contents of a breast (not projectile, she just opens her mouth and it all comes out). There is a fair amount coming up, I'd hazard a guess at between 2 and 3 ounces. She will be very fussy immediately before throwing up (kicking her legs, flailing her arms, and grunting) but otherwise doesn't seem to be in any pain and is calm again immediately afterwards.
During the day, she'll follow the same pattern of eating for 5-10 minutes and then pulling off and not wanting the breast anymore, so I'll burp her and hand her off to dad or put her into her swing, and within the next 20 minutes or so, she'll fuss and fidget around until she starts giving hunger cues again, so I'll feed her again, sometimes from the same side if she didn't empty it the first time, sometimes from the other. I don't get quite as engorged during the day as I do at night since she feeds much more frequently during the day, usually between every 45 minutes to 2 hours, while at night she'll go anywhere from 2 hours to 4 hours.
So I have taken to pumping off the excess at nights just to relieve the pain and discomfort from being engorged. My baby is 2 weeks old and as of yesterday I've already got 30 ounces of frozen breastmilk, and have never needed to feed her a bottle due to not having enough. I know I probably shouldn't pump, but it gets so painful I can't even lay down and sleep without pain (currently in a size DDD, and they get huge when I'm completely full).
So I'm not sure what, if anything, I should do, or if I'm doing something wrong to cause this imbalance in day vs night. I suppose I'm producing the same at night as I am during the day, she just eats less frequently. Should I continue what I'm doing? I do plan to start working part-time when she's 8 weeks old or so, but how much do I really need saved up for that? Because at this rate, I'll have well over a hundred ounces in my freezer.
Thanks for any and all advice!