I'm having a few issues feeding my 17 day old boy, I've googled and read the issues that I/We are having and I am putting it down to a forceful let down as well as 'forceful' supply when feeding. At the moment its making most feeds a little stressful. I've feed my two eldest children for over 2 years each and whilst I suffered in the first few weeks from engorgement, never had this kind of trouble with them at all.
Feeds start of with babe getting what seems like a years supply of milk in a few secs as well as gut loads of wind. It results in a horrible 'wind pain' cry, I have recently tried latching him on and then taking him off to allow my let down to flow out which helps a little, but it seems that once he starts drinking every suck (he is a one suck and swallow baby) gives him a huge amount of milk that continues for most of the feed including swallowing heaps of air. I burp him on average every few minutes as he becomes to fussy with to much wind in his belly.
Today I have tried pumping before a feed (Got 30ml in a few minutes with not much effort at all) which helped for the first few minutes of the feed but then he is still getting a lot of milk when suckling even after let down.
I have tried nursing him with him 'sitting up', which semi helps when I let down but not during the feed, I have tried laying on my back and feeding him but at the moment with him still all wonderfully newborn like I can not get comfortable or get correct attachment in this position.
I know it is still early days in our bfing relationship, but it's just becoming a bit of a dreaded thing feeding time which is hard since it is so often at this stage. I know that (hopefully) the whole let down thing will settle down in the next few weeks, but also wondering about the after let down feeding... is there such thing as him sucking so efficiently (for need of a better word) that he is getting so much in one suck? I have never been engorged this time round, let down is not painful when I am feeding him but it is painful if it happens with him not attached (i.e into a breastpad etc) So if there are any suggestions which I have not tried, I'd love to hear them
(Phew, I hope that all dribble on makes sense!)