My 6 week old son's ped said that he has GERD but I am convinced that his symptoms are a classic case of a baby dealing with OALD but I don't know how to stop my crazy flow!
When my milk lets down, it's so painful I have to stop whatever I am doing because I can't function! When I nurse, my milk sprays all over, drenching my son and I. He chokes, gags, gulps and spits up and I have to unlatch him often to burp him. I also unlatch him when my milk lets down, spray into a towel and then relatch him when it slows down but even "slowed down" is pretty fast. Afterwards, he cries and fusses and often spits up. Seems like he spits up a LOT but he has lots of wet and poopie diapers. I am concerned about foremilk / hindmilk inbalance, too. The ped said that he's gaining weight faster than expected...another side effect of GERD, right?
Yesterday, I began block nursing in 8 hour time frames (3-4 hours didn't seem long enough since he only wants to eat about that often.) It seems to have worked a TINY bit for the breast that he repeatedly feeds on but the breast that is "on hold" becomes EXTREMELY engorged and painful. I end up expressing for comfort but I feel that just complicates the supply issue. Am I treating OALD or OS?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! I am not opposed to breastfeeding in public but I am such a mess with 3 or 4 cloth soaked cloth diapers, spraying milk, frustrated baby and me ending the feeding in tears. I stopped breastfeeding my daughter (11 years old) at 8 weeks for all the frustrating issues I mentioned.