Hi All -
My baby is 3 months old tomorrow and we have been having oversupply and forceful letdown issues from the beginning. In the hospital, baby fed one side per feed, and the LC thought that was fine. I have stuck with the one side per feed since then. Aside from the coughing, baby tolerated the forceful letdown until about 6 weeks. Then I pumped for 2-5 minutes before feeding (let down happens at the 3 or 5 minute mark, usually) and then baby tolerated feeds. I faded out the pumping, and baby did great until last week when she got angry at every feed and refused to latch after the 3 minute mark. After going back and forth with the doctor and LC, the only problems here are the oversupply and forceful let down (not reflux,etc.). Baby has gained weight really well - already doubled birth weight+. I went back to the pumping 2-5 oz before the feed and that went well, but we also recently started day care and baby is having trouble going from breast to bottle. Whenever she gets a bottle (and we have restricted to 1 bottle a day up until now), she resorts to getting angry at the letdown with me. Likewise, whenever I exclusively breastfeed with no bottles, she puts up a fight with the bottle. My LC suggested full drainage block feeding and I have been following the protocol as best as I can: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2075483/. This is day 2 of 4 hour blocks with a single pump drainage in the morning. However, I still have to pump before each feed because she is not tolerating the let down. Anyone have any experience with this? The article suggests that blocks may have to be increased to 6+ hours. I am afraid to increase blocks beyond 4 as I don't want to risk clogged ducts, etc. At nighttime, baby does sleep between 5 and 8 hours straight. So there is at least 1 if not 2 stretches during the day where the block is longer. Any thoughts? If you have done this method, how many days did it take to regulate? I am keeping baby out of day care until we figure this out...Thanks in advance .