Overactive & Refusal - Not getting easier!!!

Bek - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I've been having some big issues trying to feed my 15 week old. I'm pretty sure that I have an overactive letdown, because she frequently comes off the breast and gets sprayed, which initially led to a shallow latch and clicking noises. We've got the clicking mostly under control, but to deal with the letdown, I've been trying to make sure she finishes the first breast. She often won't go back to the first breast after a little while. Last 2 days, after getting a few burps, she screams and arches back (which is odd for her, normally very content and hardly cries), refusing to go back to the breast, whilst also crying because she's still hungry. I've ended up basically forcing her back on, and then she's more than happy to keep drinking for a while longer. I thought this was supposed to get easier with time!!! Any suggestions?

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Rebecca - posted on 03/15/2010

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Block feeding will not mess up your supply it will just regulate it to what your baby needs or wants. It will help reduce gas and spitting up ect. Check out Kellys mom for more info if you need.



http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/fast-l...



For myself I found pumping one breast first thing in the morning the best time to pump. Your baby gets all they need from one breast and you pump the other to save, You get alot more milk in the morning as well so you wont have to worry about not having enough.

Bek - posted on 03/15/2010

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Thanks everyone! Am trying the block and against-gravity feeding at the moment, though am initially a little concerned it could mess with my supply, but we'll see how it goes! I had decided to stop pumping for a while too, though I was only doing about 1 feed, once a week. When is the best time to pump?

Vanessa - posted on 03/14/2010

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Are you pumping at all.. if so when? It takes about 3 months to level out your supply. If you are pumping at the wrong times you can be dealing with over supply. You should letdown into a rag or diaper so the force of the letdown doesnt choke her or force her to swallow to fast causing her to get a lot of air into her tummy. I had this issue on and off until about 3 months and havent had a problem since but I stopped pumping for a while too. And I have to say I dont feel the letdown as much or as strong as when I was having the problem either.

Tracy - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son was the same way! He'd break off at the slightest noise & would get a face full of milk at times. For us the "milk bath" had to do with the time he'd break off. If it was right away b4 milk was flowing or at the end... no problem. If he did that after he got things flowing... he might get a sprinkle. He'll 11 mo. now & for about 5 1/2 months now he's learned that he can get more/faster if he pushes on parts of my breast. he helps express for himself & doesn't suck as hard to get what he wants.
I'd check with a LeLeache (sp?) specialist from your hospital. Block feeding was not for us. It messed with my supply on the other side & he started to favor one over the other for some time. I know some love block though.
You're not alone... It IS Hard at times! Gripe water was a life saver for my collic crazed son.

Rebecca - posted on 03/14/2010

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I agree block feeding is the way to go, sounds like a definite foremilk/hindmilk imbalance to me. Feed her on one breast for at least 3-4 feedings before switching to the other breast. As well make sure that you are leaning back in a chair or couch so that she has to work against gravity to get the milk rather then it shooting down her throat.

Shaakirah - posted on 03/14/2010

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get her some Iberogast from your health shop, it's natural and really works. It sounds as if she's got gas. We bought it over a month ago, my daughter is 2 months old, and have never looked back

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