Thankful for this resource to seek advice from you!
I have been have overactive letdown I believe (she chokes, and pulls off during feedings and they have been shorter lately). It just developed a few days ago. In the beginning I had low supply I believe!
I started pumping when she was 1 month (she is 2 months now) so we could give the bottle when traveling and let Daddy and relatives give it to her. She does great with the bottle, and also has been a great nurser until recently.
I try to mimic her feeding habits when I pump. I want to make sure I am not stimulating too much milk production by pumping- Any tips on this?
I also heard that drinking too much water and eating oatmeal can boost your supply so I should drink only 5-6 cups of water daily....? I was told after she was first born that when breastfeeding you should drink your weight # in ounces! So I'm wondering about this...
I have been pretty discouraged about her struggling so much with my let-down that I have contemplated pumping exclusively, but this would break my heart I think because I want the bonding time with her during breastfeeding and it is my goal to breastfeed her much longer!
She also smacks her lips a lot during feedings and seems to have trouble grasping the nipple, I think because of the high flow. I tried feeding her laying down which did help a bit, but I go out a few times a week with her so I can't feed her like that then!!!
I am pretty determined that we will get through this, but it is so hard in the moment.
Also, I'm concerned that giving the bottle may be making it confusing for her since the flow is so different from my breast? I do need to give her the bottle once in a while when I run errands or sing in church while Daddy watches her.
I'd appreciate any thoughts!