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trouble with too fast of flow and air gulping :(

Jackie - posted on 12/03/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )




I'm having trouble with my 2 month old boy. My flow is super strong after letdown and he gulps air trying to keep up. Is there anything I can do besides pumping? I never get more than an ounce with the pump, and it's a nice one. I have to be super full to get anything more. In fact, he gulps air sometimes with a bottle too, but I think that's just because he's not used to it. I could use some help here, because he's not a good burper either, and air definately gets stuck and causes major discomfort for my little one. thanks ahead for any help!


Leslie - posted on 12/07/2009




Jackie, another thing to try is while you are letting down take him off the breast. When the let down is done place him back on the breast then he can drink at his own pace. This will eliminate the gulping.

Minnie - posted on 12/03/2009




Change positions: nurse on your back with your baby facing you on his tummy. Nurse him in your lap and support him in a sitting position. Try the side-lying position. All three positions make the milk flow against gravity.

If you have oversupply, as evidenced by rapid weight gain, fussiness, green frothy poo, gassiness- block feeding can help regulate your supply. You would nurse on one side until you can't easily express milk out and then do the same for the other. This may involve several different feedings per side.

The good news is that in a month or two he should be able to handle your flow. I still have an overactive let down and my daugter is 13 months, but she's able to handle it fine.


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Jackie - posted on 12/07/2009




Thanks Lisa. I did try those positions, none of them helping much. I could try that block feeding thing to regulate the flow. We'll see how it goes! Thanks!

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