We had our baby girl July 5 (9lb2oz!) and she has been doing well breastfeeding after initially losing a whole pound. She's up to 9lb12oz as of yesterday (18 days)!
The issues we've been having is with her wanting to nurse constantly, which I don't mind. However, the past 4-5 days, my breasts have been REALLY engorged and she's been choking/gasping when I put her on a new breast. I read about OALD and Oversupply. I don't think my letdown is really that fast, it doesn't spray like what some moms have described. It's just a fast drip sometimes. She's been a super lazy nurser since day one (she constantly falls asleep at the boob, uses the boob to fall asleep, etc) and its always an effort to keep her actively nursing for 10-15 min (she usually falls asleep after 3-5min), so I don't know if this is an issue with her keeping up with the flow.
I asked my pedi about the hind/foremilk imbalance and he said since she's doing well weight wise, he wouldn't worry about anything. However, while I could nurse her all day before, since the increase in my milk, she's thrown up (not just spit up) 3 times in the past 4 days. I feel horrible when she throws up because she used my breast as comfort before, and now its like she gets angry that milk is coming out.
Will my milk issue balance itself out? I don't know why so much more milk started coming in. At least one breast is always super engorged, to the point where I can't even squeeze my breast to get her to latch on because its so firm. I've tried the block feeding (switching breast every 2-3 hours depending on how much she eats). Sometimes she takes a long nap for 3 hours, so I'm not sure if switching breast is best, or doing the block feeding? Also, should I introduce a pacifier to her so she can get some suckling comfort without having to gorge herself on milk (I'm terrified of her throwing up again). Also, the past two times she's pooped it's been mustard yellow tinged with some green but we also didn't change her right away. My pedi said if the poop sits out, it can turn from yellow to green, so SHOULD I be worried about the fore/hindmilk imbalance?
Sorry for so many questions, its SO hard breastfeeding because of the unknown. Sometimes I think it'd be easier just to put her on a bottle at least but knowing all the benefits of breastfeeding, I just can't bring myself to it. Oh, I also want to pump because I want to introduce a bottle to her within the next week or two just in case but with me being so engorged, should I wait to pump??