Re: Oversupply of milk and very fussy baby help
Don't quit, mama! 2 weeks of age is a very frustrating period in a baby's life, especially if you're dealing with some oversupply issues. But this is all temporary! Nursing gets so much better if you just stick with it.
Nursing every 45 minutes is NORMAL for such a very young baby. Remember, 2 weeks ago she was inside you, constantly being nourished and held. She never knew hunger, discomfort, cold, the sensation of a wet diaper, the sensation of needing to poop- nursing is your baby's way of adjusting to this big, cold, irregular world in which she finds herself.
Nursing every 45 minutes is also a great way for a baby to cope with oversupply and fast letdowns. She has a tiny tummy and isn't going to be able to handle more than a few oz of milk at a time. For a 2 week old baby, an average feeding is perhaps just 1-3 oz. Taking just a couple of oz is baby's way of not getting overfull, and not letting your breasts fill up so much that the letdowns are too fast for her to handle.
The best way to start dealing with fast letdowns and the discomfort they cause is to adopt reclined nursing positions. Reclining enlists gravity to slow down the flow of milk, making nursing more comfortable for the baby. So you rock reclined nursing for a while, maybe 3 weeks? If that point passes and you're still suffering from a lot of engorgement and fast letdowns, then it might be time to start block feeding (using one breast per feeding, sometimes for several feedings in a row). But you want to give your body a chance to adjust supply on its own before you get into block feeding. Again, oversupply is usually a very temporary problem!
Getting a fever and chills along with engorgement sounds like mastitis. If that happens again, please see your doctor! Mastitis can make you feel really, really awful and sometimes antibiotics are required to treat it. The first line of defense against mastitis is frequent feedings, and responding to your baby is probably why you didn't get really sick.
If you're going to do bottles at night, and you're pumping, why not put breastmilk in the bottles instead of formula? It's so much healthier for baby!
Finally, can you tell us more about the soreness you are experiencing? Is it more of a pinching pain, or more of an itching or burning? Are you seeing any changes in the skin of your nipples/areolas/breasts- perhaps nipples looking more pink, red, or shiny than normal? Are you seeing dry, flaking, or cracking skin?
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