Today I participated at the "Big Latch-on" in a baby center. I went there with the proud feeling of being one of the worlds breast feeding moms and left really frustrated. I wasn't even able to keep my two month old nursing for a minute in a row without getting her opset over my overactive letdown. While all moms around me where holding their placidly suckling babies sitting relaxed on a couch I was standing, shushing, and bouncing my crying baby trying to get her back to the breast...
When I'm relaxed and at home it is somewhat easier. But still it takes me a lot of patience to get my baby to nurse, relax, and finally fall a sleep. She only nurses for a few minutes at the time and stays fussy until I get her to nurse more. She has figured out that she can pull back and let the intense flow pass but more often she still gets angry, starts crying, and does not want to go back to the breast for quite a while. I have tried block feeding for up to 6 hours on one side. But sometimes she would only nurse if I switch sides. Also the intensity of my letdown seems not to change much whether my breasts are really full or even quite soft.
Any suggestions or just a little compassion to ease my frustration...?