Re: Forceful letdown/oversupply + anxious mom
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Babies who deal with oversupply are often very quick feeders, often getting all their needs met in just 5-10 minutes at the breast. Oversupply causes fast and abundant letdowns, which means that a baby gets a lot of milk very quickly. He is also likely to discover ways to control the letdowns, which can include repeated pulling off, breaking suction, and compression of the nipple. Those things can exhibit themselves as clicking and nipple soreness.
It's great that you're phasing out the pumping. The more you can put up with the fullness, the more your body will respond by reducing supply to a more reasonable level. The other things you might want to try in order to make nursing easier for the baby are:
- Offer to nurse frequently. Keeping the nursing intervals short will prevent your breasts from filling up too much and causing you discomfort, and less full breasts will mean less forceful letdowns, making nursing easier for the baby.
- Try reclined nursing positions. Reclined positions enlist gravity to slow milk flow to the baby, and when mom is reclining the baby is being held on the breast by gravity, which may limit pull-offs. This page has a nice illustration of one version of the laid-back position: http://www.llli.org/btissue5pg04
If those 2 things aren't enough to handle the problem, you may end up progressing to block feeding. But block feeding is designed to reduce supply, so you only want to do it if you are 100% sure that you have an oversupply, and then only if the oversupply is actually causing problems for the baby.
Please don't worry about the foremilk/hindmilk thing. All milk- both the so-called foremilk and the so-called hindmilk- contains everything a baby needs to grow and develop. A baby will grow well on so-called foremilk alone, provided he gets enough of it. In fact, babies who deal with oversupply, and therefore eat a lot of foremilk, often grow extremely rapidly. The only problem with consuming a lot of foremilk is that the baby ends up consuming more lactose (milk sugar) than average. This lactose overload can cause gas, fussiness, and green poops. However, none of these things are health problems in a baby who is otherwise growing and developing normally.
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