Hi everyone...this is my first post here, but I have been reading tons and learning a lot! My DD is 3 wks, 4 days old. I suspect I may have OALDS and/or oversupply. She gulps during letdown, occasionally stopping to pant/catch her breath, often clamps down when first latching on and then pulls off to a shallower latch even if I take care to make sure she's latched on well initially, gets gassy/fussy, the breast I'm not nursing from leaks a lot (sometimes soaking a whole burp cloth). I haven't noticed "spraying" per se - that is if she unlatches, the milk isn't forcefully spraying any kind of distance, but it will be streaming down my breast. I have notice if I manually express, there are little thin jets that spray though, in addition to the more prominent dribbling/streaming out areas.
I always let DD nurse as long as she wants on the first breast before offering the second. The problem is that she always falls asleep - I don't think we've had a single nursing session that ended with her awake at the breast. Sometimes she'll nurse actively for 10 minutes, sometimes only 3 before she starts sucking lazily and not swallowing. I usually try to delatch, burp her, and relatch to wake her up a bit. Sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't.
On the advice of the LC and pediatrician, so far all I've been doing to deal with this is to try to delatch her whenever she's gulping, burp her, and relatch her in hopes that the flow will have slowed down. I haven't been very disciplined about doing it, though, because she always starts crying when I remove her from the breast, and it's hard to deal with the milk leaking everywhere while trying to burp/calm a crying baby who wants to keep eating. So I tend to let her just gulp away, but then she'll often get gassy and I feel horrible. I also try to lean back when she is gulping so that the flow is working against gravity more. Sometimes that seems to help, sometimes not.
She has lots of wet and poopy diapers, and the poop is usually yellowy with curds, although rather runny and frequently "explosive" (the changing table has gotten sprayed more times that I can count). But as far as I can tell, they're normal and she's gaining weight well.
I have been hesitant to try block nursing just because I am scared to mess with my supply on the chance that I'm not really overproducing. Should I give it a try and see if it helps? We are also currently battling thrush, which is a whole other PITA. What do you all think?