DD is 3.5 weeks old. Due to being so new at this, I began EP'ing after getting severely raw & cracked nipples. I was also so engorged that DD couldn't properly latch. I regret not sticking with BF, but I was & am determined to give DD BM only, so I began pumping every 3 hours. It is exhausting. I definitely want to go back to EBF asap, but now I have an oversupply issue I want to correct before going back to BF.
I would empty each breast at each pumping session. My supply grew & grew & I was getting 8 - 9 oz each pumping, which was about every 4 hours. I didn't realize that my body would think it needed to make more milk, so soon this supply was out of control! My breasts are again engorged like they were in those first few days when my milk came in after delivery. I am so sore! My breasts are huge & hard!
This unmanageability began about 4 days ago & I began my attempts at regulation about 3 days ago. How long should this take IF I am even approaching this correctly? How many more days of pain should I expect?
My question: I am trying desperately to get my body to realize I DON'T need THIS much milk & I am pumping every 3 hours & stopping at 5 ounces. My breasts just gush milk like no tomorrow while I'm pumping, so when I stop abruptly after 5 oz. they leak like crazy. I've been stopping & enduring the pain in hopes my body will realize I only need 4 - 5 oz per 3 hours. Is this a good tactic? Am I doing this right? After I stop pumping, I apply gel ice packs made for breastfeeding to my chest & leave them on until they're no longer cold. I usually stop leaking after that. The breasts get swollen, hard & SORE after about an hour or two, but I endure the pain until the three hours are up for pumping. I just want experienced opinions if this is a good approach at getting the supply in check.
Once the milk is manageable, I DO plan on going BF only & saying goodbye to the bottles, HOPEFULLY! I'd love any tips on transitioning for this if you have them. Remember, DD is only 3.5 weeks old, so I'm HOPING she can adapt back to the breasts relatively easily. FYI: I HAVE put her to the breast about 3 times a week just to make sure she will take it, & she does, but I'm not too confident if our latch is correct. The point is, she WILL take the breast, which is very promising to me.
Thanks for any input!