Hi, I have a 14 week old baby who is refusing to feed, we have had issues since she was 6 weeks old and I have spent the last 8 weeks trying to work out what is going on. I finally worked out that I have oversupply issues and this is what is causing the problems including a lot of wind, needing to burp within a min of feeding, taking in milk for a min or two then coming off and fussing, when goes back on comes back on off again then refuses to feed. Cries when put into cradle position quite often and wont latch on. She will feed when she is sleepy but if she is awake she either refuses or feeds for a few mins and then comes off crying. I can feel let down really with some force and it sprays if I take her off. It's not just the let down she has problems with but also the milk comes out too quickly for her for quite a while. I often find if she is fussing and comes off she has milk in and around her mouth. It is so frustraiting having a breast full of milk that my lo wont take even when she is hungry!
I have been very close to giving up on breastfeeding and have had to bottle feed her a few times recently (because of the fussing). I almost gave up a few weeks ago and gave her some formula over a weekend, this reduced my supply but tried the breastfeeding again and she was fine and didnt refuse a feed, we had no problems at all for around three days then I guess my supply went back up and the issues started again.
I have read this article http://www.lactationconsultant.info/osscolic.html
and it completely describes the situation I have had with my lo since birth. I feel like I cannot continue breastfeeding as things are at the moment and I need to reduce my supply to a level that is good for her.
I am desparate to reduce my supply so that my lo will breastfeed again.
I have looked into block feeding but I would need to express off quite a bit before I latched lo on, would this be ok? I know that expressing off over a longer term can make the problem worse which I am worried about. I have read about having a cup of sage tea each night until the milk supply goes down to an appropriate level, are there any other safe options I could use to help sort out this situation?
I think I might not have offered the same breast for a period of time when my supply reduced previously which is what I would make sure I do this time around!
Her weight gain is ok (a little low) but we have had to suppliment with expressed milk/formula she also has plenty of wet nappies, this is not about her weight gain but I don't want the constant battles I have had for the last two months with her struggles to feed and the pains it causes her.
Thanks in advance for any advice!