Hi - I'm a first time mother and my daughter is currently 7 weeks old and we are exclusively breastfeeding. She was 6lbs 7oz at birth and upon leaving the hospital she was 6lbs 1oz. We initially had very sever latching problems causing my nipples to crack and bleed, but she had no trouble regaining her birth weight by her first pediatric appointment 3 days later. 2 weeks later, she was 7lbs 6oz. I haven't had the opportunity to get her weighed since then; however, I feel like she's gaining well. I hope to get her weighed in a couple days at a local clinic.
Initially, she was having trouble lying down and would be very fussy when not being held and would be arching her back, but she always had more than enough wet diapers and BM diapers. She still does. Hearing that, her doctor recommended Zantac since I don't drink or eat dairy products as it is. In the beginning that was fine and after two weeks, I started weaning her off. Things were going well seemingly.
However, now, as of a week ago, she has started throwing up almost once a day after a long feed. Usually it is in the later morning/early afternoon this happens. She feeds for almost the whole time from 9am-1/2pm. Throughout that time (and at every other feeding) she is struggling with my fast flow as she is either choking or gasping or gulping. I do my best to take her off immediately, burp her then put her back on, but I see that it gets frustrating for her. I've also started trying to finish one side before going to to the next - but I find that my breasts are extremely engorged with that approach. I try to catch my initial spray, but it seems that my release is constantly fast, rarely slowing down. I try expressing it out til it slows, but again, it is constantly spraying.
Just today, she just kept drinking and then at one point everything just came gushing out. Only the very last bit was curdled looking, the rest looked like undigested breast milk. It feels like she is overfeeding and then instead of releasing just the excess, everything just comes out. The only thing is that she almost NEVER cries after, but rather is in a happy and playful mood. Usually, she'll play a bit and then fall asleep for 30-60mins. Once she gets up, she does want to eat. I'm currently abroad travelling and am not sure what to do.
This is my first time at any forum or anything, so apologies on the length of the post, but I'm extremely worried about her.