Forceful Letdown Or Reflux

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Sharona - May 1

Okay Ive been thinking that maybe my son has reflux or colic. I heard somewhere that if you have a very forceful letdown that he could display symptoms of both. Mine is so bad that it sprays him and he chokes to keep up with it. Also his bowel movements have turned green (lack of hindmilk?) he's gassy and fussy and I think he's on the verge of a nursing strike. Has anyone else had this problem and if so what did you do?

 

Sharona - May 1

Also.. Ive tried the different positions for nursing and catching the flow in a towel when it lets down. Now I started block nursing yesterday. If youve tried this and it works how long did it take before the bowel movements (and the baby) were back to normal. Im at my wits end here

 

Susan W - May 2

Ok, deeeeep breath, let it out. . . You can do this. . . . I also had a very strong letdown -- it was like a firehose! -- and a reflux baby. The only things that helped with my strong letdown for the first few weeks was to use a hand pump. I made DH go buy an Avent Isis, and I used that. I would pump until the flow slowed down, and I tried to do it before DS woke up hungry so I was ready to go when he was. The downside was it really boosted my supply, and I suffered from an oversupply problem for months (but better than the alternative) after that, and I wasn't sure what to do with the milk, as we did not and do not bottlefeed. DS got so much hindmilk that he grew rapidly! The other thing that helped was using a nipple shield, which I was already using because of an inverted nipple on one side. But it slowed the flow of milk enough that he didn't choke. I started to take it off partway through to help him learn to manage my flow and so we could start weaning off the nipple shield, and we stopped using it altogether around 3 months. I did try laying on my back and nursing, as that is supposed to slow the flow, but that didn't help me. After awhile, I didn't pump but handexpressed to get the worst of the flow out before putting the baby to the b___st. . . .I have no idea what you mean by block nursing. I simply kept nursing on demand. It was stressful and trying, but it worked in the end. And count your blessings. Later on, it will literally only take you 5 minutes to nurse that baby while your friends are still nursing 20 minutes later. People couldn't believe how fast I could feed the kid and get back to what I was doing. You will need to find some super-duper nursing pads if you haven't already. I used a box a week, but this next time, I'm going to get high quality reusables as I spent a small fortune on the disposeable ones. Another deeeeep breath . . . You can do this. Another tip, call your local La Leche League. I'm 100% sure if I had done that earlier, I would have not wanted to quit nursing every day for 8 weeks and had an easier and better start to nursing.

 

Sharona - May 2

I nurse on demand also, whenever my LO is hungry he get's his ninny :) But, but block nursing I mean Im feeding from one side for about 5 hours and then switching to the other. So say he eats 5 times in that 5 hours I put him to the right side everytime. Then after 5 we start on the left. I read somewhere that it will help slow down everything. Yea, Im soaking a box a week too. I bought some washables but I cant wear them at night because I wake up in a puddle and my shirt is soaked. I think the pumping did the same to me. Ive got so much milk it's coming out our ears!

 

dwc - May 2

Wow, I wish we could all find a happy medium. I don't have that problem with over supply sometimes I wish I did. I actually am not producing enough to keep up so dd has to have 1-2 bottles of formula a day to keep her satisified. So if you have any pointers on how to up supply I am more than willing to try. I am not drinking mother's milk tea to try to help. Saw an improvement at first but now it is slowed again. Also, I think my milk glands are blocked on my left side any pointers on how to help that? It happened Saturday and I have try ma__sage and warm compresses and feeding and pumping on that side but it is not helping. really sore. What to do? Sorry I got really off the subject. Hope everything works out. We can do this...

 

Sharona - May 2

Well.. nursing your baby is the best stimulation for producing more milk. Take a weekend off and stay in bed with the little one and nurse as often as possible. No formula, because when you skip a feeding and give him formula youre sending your body the message that you dont need to produce milk. As far as the clogged duct.. i havent had that problem but it sounds like your doing it right. Just keep it up the warm compress and trying to work it out manually. Pumping should help but i think trying to express it yourself might be more effective

 

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