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I'm having problems with breastfeeding, namely over supply. My breasts get engorged all the time. Like, rock hard. It makes nursing, especially on the go, a challenge. Yesterday, Merrik went 3 hours without nursing instead of two and since I wasn't home, I didn't have my breast pump and was horribly engorged. I just couldn't nurse. The milk was shooting out of my breast so hard and fast it was squirting it out on its own, gagging him and when he unlatched, splashing him in the face and all over my shirt. I couldn't stop it, even by pressing down on my breast. It took forever to try to nurse him since he was unlatching all the time and trashing at the breast. And when I try to burp him, he screams and looks in pain until he has those really loud, wet burps.
I try to nurse laying down, with his head higher than my boob, pump some before nursing, nothing seems to work. I'm tired of seeing him in pain when he nurses and tired of leaking all the time and getting super engorged.
Anybody has any suggestion of things that could help?
Have you tried block feeding at all? That has helped for me. Also, if I am super engorged then it is really painful when Tatum latches on and she also pulls away b/c the flow is too fast. What has helped me is manually expressing some milk into a nursing pad before I latch her on. It only takes a couple of minutes and it makes a big difference. Eventually your body will regulate the supply and block feeding should help.
Cabbage leaves on engorged breasts will help reduce your supply by a little bit. Its smelly for a bit but its supposed to work wonders. I've been warned not to leave them on too long or else your supply can get too low.
You can get books on "self expression" to teach you how to efficiently drain your milk without a pump.