*I posted this on another forum but didn't get much response. I'm hoping that someone will have more advice for me here.*
I'm the mom to a little girl who was born at 33 weeks gestation. She was in the NICU for 5 weeks. She is now almost 8 weeks old and we are having a lot of problems with her breastfeeding. She is my second child and I nursed her older brother until he was 29 months old.
My daughter started off on breast milk in the NICU via gavage. After 10 days, they found that she was not gaining weight and that there was blood in her stool. They discovered that she had a milk-protein allergy, and was switched over to formula while I removed the dairy and soy from my diet. She did fine on my milk when they re-introduced it. She figured out how to take a bottle, and I was able to nurse her for one feed a day (this was due to the fact that we lived so far from the hospital that I could only be there once a day). She left the hospital on 7 feeds through bottle and 1 through breast a day. We switched her to all feeds on breast when she got home.
She has been home for 3 weeks and the issue we are having is with her choking. She chokes at every feed. They are really scary choking fits where I have to literally pound her on the back to get her breathing again. They last anywhere from about 10 to 60 seconds. It has gotten to the point where I am terrified to nurse her.
I know that I have oversupply and overactive letdown issues. I have tried block feeding, and expressing milk into a towel first. My supply has slowed down, not not enough.I have tried reclining and feed her mostly sitting upright. I have added a bottle a day to try a reduce my supply. Is that a bad way to go? Should I add more?
One thing I realized yesterday is that she also chokes on EBM through a bottle. She is good with formula, but I think that is because it is so thick (ready-made Alimentum). Should I add some formula to EBM to make it thicker?
I plan on talking to her ped next week about all this, but I'm wondering if anyone else had dealt with any of this.