I'm a new mom to Ruth, born April 17, 2008 at 6 lbs. 12.8 oz. Our bf relationship got off to a rather rocky start -- my milk didn't come in until day 5 and she was slightly dehydrated so we supplemented with formula.
Somehow I think my body got the "hurry up and start producing" message a little too loud and clear. Since my milk has come in, I have major leakage from my breasts and she is FUSSY: She roots but then will wiggle her head back and forth, mouth open, in a frantic manner refusing the breast or latching and unlatching repeatedly. She cries and arches her back after some feedings despite repeated burpings.
I've started trying to block feed to help the issue. (Her poop has mostly been fine. Only once or twice slightly greenish and once or twice slightly watery.) I'm also feeding uphill.
1) Is there more to help her pass/avoid gas? She looks terribly uncomfortably and is not confidence building to have her root and refuse or root and latch then pull off for HOURS in the evening.
2) I can't feel my letdown so I look for her increased swallowing and try to pull her off to catch the excess in a towel. However, if she is latched on, this makes her ANGRY.
3) I need to go back to work and wanted to pump some while at home to build a freezer stash. I'd hoped to freeze enough for the first week or two of care to give me some cushion. But, I think pumping will only exacerbate the oversupply problem. ARGH!!! I have to go back to work so I'm at a loss as to how best to prepare... Have a hand-me-down Medela PIS double electric pump that only pumps both breasts at once.
Any advice appreciated!