My baby is 6 days old and for the past 3 days, my severe engorgement and oversupply are already making me want to quit. I understand engorgement is normal soon after birth but this is just so reminiscent of my last experience breastfeeding my son and it was horrible oversupply issues for 6+ months. Similarly to my son, my newborn daughter is screaming at the breast, pulling off, having a lot of difficulty latching on my rock hard breast. I know with my son he had a big aversion to nursing most likely due to all the unpleasantness that goes along with oversupply. I REALLY don't want that to happen again it was heartbreaking to have so many tears with every feed : (
Things I've tried so far: cabbage leaves, ice packs, hand expressing a tiny bit before a feed, pushing my fingers on my areolas around my nipple back towards my chest to soften (can't remember the name of this technique but I read about it on here). Nothing seems to be helping in the least bit.
I think because she is getting so much milk so quickly that's why she is only nursing usually for 5 minutes at a time. This isn't even taking a dent out of my enforcement (well it does relieve a bit of discomfort but even after she feeds, my breast and still very hard and lumpy). She sleeps most of he morning (I wake her to nurse after 2.5 hrs to nurse if she doesn't on her own but if she's still sleepy, she just falls asleep at the breast quickly again). Around 3pm she wants to start cluster feeding and this makes for a very frustrating evening because of the latching issues, chocking, screaming at the breast, etc.
So I guess I would like to know what I can do now? I know I should probably just wait it out because it's so early but if there is anything else I can do now I would love to try.
My breasts are never anywhere near to being emptied - will that tell my body to slow down the production? Sounds kind of the opposite of block feeding though since you're supposed to feed on one side until empty in certain situations? I'm switching sides every feed to relieve engorgement but many I need to stay on the same side until it's emptied?
What about block feeding or to a certain extent?
Also, would 1 cup of sage tea a day be a bad idea?