First of all thanks to the folk who run this brilliant site and to everyone who contributes. I've just joined, so I hope I'm doing this right.
OK, I've had a look at the FAQs, but there's so much info there I don't know if I'm looking in the right place, and I haven't got much time. I've been looking at overproduction of milk, as it kind of seems to be our problem except that me and my baby start off well with a feed if she's been asleep a few hours, where as the overproduction info says the start of the feed is the worst bit, so that's not us. What happens is that after a little while it all disintigrates. She starts writhing about and there's milk spurting everywhere and, well, basically most of the signs of overproduction (including the poo, which is a problem in itself as nappy changes go on for more than half an hour with her screaming and usually end in us giving up and putting nappy on even though the poo is still trickling out.)
We sometimes have some latch on issues too, but only sometimes. She clearly is capable of latching on right, and has been since day 1, so I think there's something stopping her doing so at times. When she's getting it wrong there doesn't seem to be much I can do to help. Advice to offer my nipple in line with her nose for her to reach up to it is no good as she's not got enough control over her head yet - she's only 3 and a bit weeks old. And when she's in one of her feeding frenzies, no amount of cheek stroking will ever get her to stay still and open wide. We've recently started with a lot of lip smacking too. I can tell she's not doing this deliberately, because it often gives her a fright and makes her jump.
What's adding to the problem is that she keeps needing to burp in the middle of a feed, and she firmly shuts her mouth to the breast until she's been burped. Often she's only back on for a minute before she comes off to burp again. This results in more time burping than feeding.
Finally, just to give an idea of the extent of the problem, I just want to say, I have never managed to empty a breast - there's always milk left, even on the occasions when it stops dripping, all I have to do is check with the pump, or even just give it a couple of squeezes between my finger and thumb, and out it comes again.
It's such a shame as she's a really cool baby. The problem's not coming from her - she's really calm when she's not feeding or having her nappy changed. She loves having a bath (until she starts pooing in there), or just lying on her own gazing out of the window, or playing with daddy.
I hope I haven't rambled on too much, especially with this being my first post! I just want to explain the problem fully to hopefull get straight to the heart of it as I'm on a kind of one-woman crusade to make this breastfeeding work and not turn to the bottle!