Hi, I've been reading these boards for awhile, but this is my first post.
Sorry it's pretty long, thought you should have all the facts to really know what's going on.
I am a FTM and have a 9 1/2 week old ds, who has been showing some of the signs of OALD/oversupply for the past 1 1/2 weeks about. I read the LLL FAQ on this and we have some of the symptoms, but not all...what do you all think...
Lately he has been pulling off crying, biting down, sometimes coughing/gagging while eating. Sometimes he comes on and off while eating. He spits up, but not excessively and has occasional green poop (his usual is yellow/seedy) and gas. He has his fussy moments, but is usually happy unless he needs something (or wants us to get up and walk with him!). He was 12 lb 8 oz at his 2 month check up 3 days ago (7-11 at birth, 10-6 at 1 month). He feeds a lot better at night (side-lying). He eats at least every 2 hours during the day, but sometimes every 1 - 1 1/2 hr.
Going through some of the other signs: I don't have a problem with sore nipples, and until this past week only had a problem with engorgement when my milk first came in. No infections, one plugged duct a while ago. I only saw milk spray out once when he came off and I only leak occasionally (worse this past week when engorged).
Prior to this last week and a half, maybe every so often we had some of these problems, but not consistently, so I was wondering if OALD/oversupply can start later, or come and go? Anyone else have this experience? Can this problem start after a night when the baby sleeps longer than usual? My ds usually woke every 2-3 hr to eat during the night, but now the first stretch is 4-5 hr and I wake up with one or both sides engorged. I have never limited time or tried to feed on both sides during a feeding, since I read about hindmilk before I gave birth. But I would switch with each feed or feed with the heavier breast. I've never pumped or fed with a bottle at all.
I've been trying to block feed for the past few days - it's helped the engorgement, but my ds still seems to have these problems (or I'm just noticing them more since I've been reading about this). I use the "V" hold and leaning back or side-lying, which seem to make feeding easier.
The worse part, I'm sure you all know, is feeling like breastfeeding is hurting my baby, when it's supposed to be the best thing I can do for him...it makes me sad I plan on emailing a local LLL leader, but wanted to post here too.
Thanks for reading! Any advice/sharing experiences would be great.