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Hi ladies I was wondering if I could get some guidance?
My little guy is 5 days old and was breastfeeding really well.. my milk started to come in on Day 3 but yesterday my breasts became really engorged. At first I thought the issue was my engorgement so the nurses gave me some advice on how to help him latch better through that by expressing some milk first and such and that seems to have helped him latch on better to my swollen breasts.
However.. now I don't know whats going on. He'll latch and eat for about 5-8 minutes then break off and not want to get back on even though there's plenty of milk. It seems like maybe my let down is a little fast and is overwhelming his little mouth because the milk practically gushes everywhere. I've tried switching back and forth between breasts, as well as burping him or just letting him rest for a few minutes when this happens and that all seems to help a little but he's definitely eating for much shorter periods of time then he was a few days ago (15 minimum per side then vs. like 5-10 per side now).
My concern is that he's not getting to the more fatty hind milk. Should I be worried, is there something I can do to help with this issue or is it even an issue?
Just keep letting your milk run into a towel or something until they are softer and don'y switch from side to side until the one side is empty. This can increase your supply and cause more overflow issues. You might want to consider block feeding too where you feed of one breast only for a 3-4 hour block of time before offering the next.