I'm about 99% sure that OS and OALD is the problem we're dealing with right now and I'm getting so frustrated by it. My DD is 5 weeks old and is getting progressively fussier as the time goes by, this last week has been the worst.
She's extremely gassy ALL THE TIME and screams in pain after almost every feeding. She has yellow poop in every single diaper I change, although sometimes its only a little (but almost always more than a quarter size). She chokes and gulps while she's nursing and when she pulls away, milk squirts everywhere. She spits up a lot, though this seems to have improved a little in the last week or so. She's also been gaining weight pretty quickly. She was 7lbs 2oz at birth and is now just under 11 lbs. I'm also fairly sure that she has a mild case of reflux.
I visited with an LC on Tuesday and after weighing her, saw that she took in about 3oz in less than 5 minutes ... and this is with sporadic nursing b/c I'd get her latched, then the LC would move her around and try different techniques with her. The visit was actually b/c of sore nipples, so I didn't really address the OS with her.
A few days ago, I started block feeding for 4 hour increments, but I think this may be making the problem worse. I get extremely engorged on the side I'm not using and although I hand express enough to be comfortable, by the time she gets to that side, the OALD is really terrible and I'm pretty sure she's getting a ton of foremilk and very little hindmilk. I'm also concerned about plugged ducts and mastisis b/c with each side getting so engoreged while I'm using hte other side, I feel like my breasts aren't ever being completely emptied.
Today was the worst day of all... we were visiting relatives that hadn't seen her yet and she was very fussy and uncomfortable all day. I'm so tired of people asking me what's wrong with her and why she's fussy. They even commented that mommy must have gassy milk, which makes me feel horrible b/c its my body that is doing this to her My family is already not very supportive of breastfeeding, so this just made things worse and I feel like they think I'm wrong for continuing to feed her in a way that makes her so uncomfortable.
It completely breaks my heart to even think of switching to formula (which I realize would bring on a whole new set of problems). I wasn't able to BF my oldest, so I'm really enjoying the whole experience with DD, but I hate that she's so miserable and really want to make things better. I was wondering if it could be my diet as well, but wanted to see if block feeding would take care of the problem first.
Does anyone have any advice for me or even just some support? I've spent hours researching all of these issues and found much of the same information over and over again.