Re: Breasts suddenly too full, is baby not eating?
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First, I have to say that it sounds like you're doing really well, especially for a FTM! You initiated breastfeeding right away, you've been exclusively nursing, and you've been nursing on demand- all perfect! How does nursing feel? If it's comfortable for you, then it sounds like you have all the breastfeeding basics covered, and are only going to need to work on the fine points.
One thing people don't know about oversupply is that it can come and go and come and go. Sometimes it happens for no reason at all- everything is going fine, and then suddenly your body decides to double production! But often it happens because a mom is giving herself stimulation above and beyond what her baby is giving her- so if you've been pumping, it's a good idea to shelve the pump and just let baby regulate your supply.
"Snacking" is a totally normal feeding pattern for a baby. Most kids continue to need some snacks- maybe 1-4 per day- well into childhood. Snacking is also a great way to manage an oversupply problem. Small, frequent feedings prevent the breast from getting uncomfortably full, and they are also easier for the baby, since the more milk is in the breast, the more forcefully it comes out.
Frustration at the breast is also normal, particularly when a mom has an oversupply. More milk in the breast means more forceful letdowns, and that can make a baby pull off and scream, or even act like he doesn't like nursing. If fast letdowns are a problem, try reclining while nursing. Reclining enlists the gravity to slow milk flow to the baby, making nursing more comfortable.
If reclining alone doesn't do the trick, some block feeding (nursing on just one breast per feeding, sometimes for several feedings in a row) may be advisable- but don't go there just yet! Block feeding is designed to decrease supply and it is possible to go too far with it.
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