slow flow, fast flow or just fussy?
I have posted recently about some nursing troubles with my little guy, who's baby #2. He's a month old today. My LC had me taking fenugreek because he was damaging me really badly on one side because she thought the milk was too slow. I tried to decrease the amount of fenugreek, and he started refusing that side again, so I upped it again. Now I can't tell if he's acting like both sides have too fast of a flow. He pulls his head back and twists his body a lot -- but on both sides! Once in a while he sounds like he chokes, but it is usually after a few minutes, so may be due to just frantic nursing. I can't tell if his tugging is a fast flow type or a slow flow type -- it almost seems like both at times. I don't have any spray when he comes off. On the formerly slow side, he pulls off more often (sometimes staying latched on as he pulls off -- ouch). This happens mostly in the evening/night, but during the day he does this, too. So I can't tell if it's just evening fussiness, too.
I have cut back on the fenugreek and am waiting to see what happens. When I try to remedy one of the situations (somewhat laid-back nursing, for example, in case of fast flow, or compressions in case of slow flow) it doesn't seem to help and for all I know I'm making it worse!
My biggest issues is I'm still trying to heal my wounds (both sides injured -- basically been shirtless for a month with little improvement), and now he's started this method of hurting me just as I was hoping things were improving! I went through months of evening colic with my daughter, so this is better so far, but still painful and frustrating. I have to keep breaking his latch when he starts tugging, and often have to take a short break and hand him to my husband so I don't lose it!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.