I've been reading several articles and posts about hyperlactation, but I'm still not sure what's causing my baby's fussiness.
A couple days ago my almost-3 week-old started to get SUPER gassy and fussy. She would scream when she would wake up hungry so I would BF her, but she'd only nurse for a 3-8 minutes on one breast only before falling asleep. But the sleep would be short-lived and she would be up again within an hour or hour and 1/2...hungry and screaming again.
She was constantly pooping and passing gas. Non-stop. I even pumped some gas out of her by pushing her legs to her tummy. But still she was fussy.
If she wasn't sleeping, she was only content for about 10 minutes until she was screaming bloody murder again. So I would BF her again, but she would only nurse for a short-time. She would even refuse to drink at times, choke a little, and/or spit up a little afterwards.
This cycle continued throughout the evening and night.
Tired and extremely frustrated, my husband and I decided we were going to try formula to see if that calmed her tummy down. She drank that with no problem and fell fast asleep. I pumped a little to keep my supply going.
The next time she woke up, I decided to try some of my EBM. (which we could NEVER get her to drink) She drank it after I warmed it a little in water. She was content for a short time and then started screaming again. She refused to finish the bottle so we gave her some formula. She drank that and fell asleep again.
The last time she woke up, she drank 1 oz. of my EBM and then fell asleep. So I was happy.
So at this point I was confused and started searching about what the problem could be. I came upon hyperlactation and infant reflux. She has a mixture of symptoms for both conditions, but not all the symptoms for one condition. If that makes sense?
When I pump with my manual Harmony, I can see the milk spraying out like a water hose for a long time. Also, when she was BFing, sometimes my breasts would leak until I would put it back into my nursing bra. Is that normal or hyperlactation?
I have stopped BFing her from my breast and am just pumping and feeding her from the bottle. I know I shouldn't pump a lot incase it is hyperlactation so I don't make my supply go crazy, but what else can I do?
Would my local lactation consultant be able to tell if it was hyperlactation or reflux?