oversupply and spitting up?

Rachel - posted on 09/20/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 3 week old just came out of a growth spurt 2 days ago where he was feeding every hour. Now it seems like I'm overproducing and letting down forcefully. He chokes himself while feeding and pulls off. He's been very gassy, fussy, and spitting up ALL day. It seems like he spits up everything and then wants to feed again. I don't know what to do to help him keep his milk down or feed more comfortably. He's not emptying a breast anymore because I have so much milk. I'm worried he's not getting any hindmilk.

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Rachel - posted on 09/25/2012

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thanks! the breast massage definitely helps to relieve the pressure. My let down is still fast and furious though. I've found that nursing him side-lying helps him control the flow but doesn't help the spitting up. It's like I have to pick and choose :( I swear I shoot like 3 feet. I feel like a sprinkler. I'm going to try the block feeding tomorrow.

Rebecca - posted on 09/22/2012

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only feed on one side each feeding to make sure he completely drains the breast and gets all the hind milk with the massage that was suggested I found it easiest to but baby on the breast until let down I would then take baby off and hold a towel on until it subsided and then put baby back on (I always had trouble getting let down by hand) also don't comfort nurse that builds the supply and so is counter productive when trying to reduce your supply.

Lori - posted on 09/20/2012

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Try block feeding for a day or more. Basically you only offer one breast (say the right one) for a 4 hour block of time. The next 4 hours, you only offer the left breast. You may end up feeding your baby 1 - 5 times on one breast only. This will slow down your supply a little bit, and should allow your baby to "empty" the one breast before you offer the other (you never fully empty a breast).

Leyla - posted on 09/20/2012

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Oh and another thing, always take him of the breast and burp him when he looks like he's struggling. My 5 month old spits up every single time I breastfeed and since I've been burping him regularly and doing the breast massage, his spitting up has massively reduced.



What I was advised to do was as soon as Aidan, my youngest, was struggling, I would take him off and quickly but lightly run my hand in a circular motion around the whole of his back ten times. He almost always burps at this point. Then I do the same for his tummy and the sides of his body. This makes him poo everyday whereas he was only pooing every three of four days.



They work for me, so I hope they work for you :-)

Leyla - posted on 09/20/2012

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I had this problem with both my sons and my youngest is now 5 months old, so still having this problem! I have been advised to do a breast massage to express some of the foremilk first so he gets more of the hind milk afterwards. It's a bit hard to explain how to do a breast massage but I will try!



First place some vegetable oil on your hands and ensure your hands are oiled up. Place some on the breast too.



Place the bottom of the palm of your hand in the bridge between the breasts and the other hand on the other side of the breast, bottom of the hand where the breast starts,



So, say, with the left breast, your right hand is on the bridge between your breasts and your left is on the left side of your breast. Support the breast with your left hand as you knead up to the nipple with your right (pressure from the bottom palm of your hand). Do that five times



Then support your breast with your right hand and knead from the left side of the breast. Do that five times.



Then place hands on the top and bottom of the breast. Support the bottom of the breast as you knead from the top to the bottom five times. Then do from bottom to top as you support the breast with your top hand. Do that five times.



Then knead using both hands this time to the nipple, first left and right to the nipple five times and then top to bottom five times.



Finish off with a circular kneading motion around the breast five times, clockwise and anticlockwise.



If you're anything like me you will be spraying by this point, so I would place a towel on your lap when you do this. What I do though, is I spray the milk into a bottle and give it to my oldest son who I breastfed for 15 months (he's now 21 months), so I don't waste anything.



Very best of luck and email me if you need any more info.



Leyla

leyla@motherhooddiaries.com

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