About 2-3 weeks ago (although it seems like an eternity), now 6-week-old Anja started wheezing and choking and sputtering during feedings. I called 2 lactation consultants at the hospital where I delivered her; one told me to try some different positions which didn't really help because of the carpal tunnel I'm still dealing with from pregnancy. The other suggested I pump 3-5 minutes at the start of each feeding to get rid of the initial spray of milk. A friend of mine did this with success too. So I was doing this and it appeared to be working, also pumping out an extra feeding to use later for bottles. A few days ago I noticed that I would experience let down 2-3 times during feedings; when she got the milk she would be choking and sputtering again. Problem clearly not solved.
I read the FAQ on oversupply, and decreased the pumping time to 1-2 minutes. But now I have green poops. A little yellow, but mostly green. The consistency seems OK. She's been eating on one side and I'll use that side again within 2 hours if she is hungry again. She seems OK, but is hungry more frequently the past day or so (usually eating every 21/2-3 hrs, now only 2), I suspect because she isn't getting enough hind milk; she is filling up on the cheap stuff, so to speak.
Should I abandon the pumping altogether? My breast is definitely full before a feeding, but not really uncomfortable. I did try expressing by hand, but that takes too long when I'm home by myself with a crying baby.
I keep seeing references to block feeding. What is this and would it help?
Does this ever get better?? And how do I know???