You poor mommy!! Don't give up ... and don't give her a bottle, your problem can be solved pretty easily. It sounds like you guys are dealing with an oversupply and overactive let down. It's rough, I know, my baby girl and I suffered through it. But once we figured out what was going on and how to fix the problem things improved very quickly.
Originally Posted by mommy23littleangels
Here is a wonderful page with information about oversupply/OALD:
Forceful Let Down / Oversupply
I also found this LLL resource very helpful, along with the advice of my local LLL Leader. Check this out here ...
Am I making too much milk?
LLL's page says the following:
"When a mother has more milk than her baby can handle, the following behaviors may be common:I would highly recommend contacting a La Leche League leader or lactation consultant (IBCLC) for one-on-one support. They can guide you much better than anyone can over the computer.
Baby cries a lot, and is often very irritable and/or restless
Baby may sometimes gulp, choke, sputter, or cough during feedings at breast
Baby may seem to bite or clamp down on the nipple while feeding
Milk sprays when baby comes off, especially at the beginning of a feeding
Mother may have sore nipples
Baby may arch and hold himself very stiffly, sometimes screaming
Feedings often seem like battles, with baby nursing fitfully on and off
Feedings may be short, lasting only 5 or 10 minutes total
Baby may seem to have a "love-hate" relationship with the breast
Baby may burp or pass gas frequently between feedings, tending to spit up a lot
Baby may have green, watery or foamy, explosive stools
Mother's breasts feel very full most of the time
Mother may have frequent plugged ducts, which can sometimes lead to mastitis (breast infection)
If many of these experiences seem familiar to you, it may be because you have an overabundant supply of milk, which can cause a forceful milk ejection (sometimes referred to as overactive let-down), and/or foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. The infant behaviors described above are caused by these issues but may frequently be misdiagnosed as colic, lactose intolerance, milk protein allergy, reflux, or hypertonicity (stiff muscle tone)."
Is there a La Leche League Group in your area? The leaders will help you for free. Here is the link to find one:
How to Find a La Leche League Leader Near You
There is also an excellent podcast LLL has about oversupply and overactive letdown. It's an MP3 file you can listen to. I also found this extremely helpful and informative ...
Oversupply of Breastmilk
LLL Leader Karen Smith talks with Elisabeth Lewin about identifying and overcoming the challenges of an oversupply of breastmilk, and/or of a forceful milk letdown (aka overactive milk ejection reflex). (29 min.)
Please write back and let us know if any of that sounds familiar to you! You are doing a wonderful job hanging in there ... that takes terrific commitment, love and strength to do that for your baby.