I recently wrote a post about my over supply of breast milk, which is causing a foremilk and hindmilk imbalance. I am happy to say that I think I am on my way to correcting this issue. My supply seems to be calming down and my baby is doing much better with nursing and is having less tummy and pooping issues. But, my let down is still very strong. Once my milk lets down, it gushes out, and my baby is chocking down my milk. Poor guy! You can hear him gulping it down and spilling into his belly. He’ll pull off and my milk will just spray and soak his face and clothes. He would cry at let down due to the amount of milk that just filled his belly. The over active let down was also causing some spit up issues. Along with the strong let down, Haydon was getting too much of the foremilk, which is high in lactose and harder to break down in the gut, causing Haydon major gas and tummy cramps.
Here is how I have dealt with my overactive let down and its worked!
1. Latch my baby on until let down is achieved. Next, I would unlatch and allow my milk to flow into a cloth diaper or burp rag until my let down slowed down and was not longer gushing. Finally, I would re-latch my baby to resume nursing. I have several let downs while nursing so I repeat this step at every let down.
2. Hold baby upright position (almost a sitting position) at my breast so that the milk flow is not flowing to fast down ward. This helped Haydon not choke on the milk as much. A cradle position or football hold are not great position to be in during let down because they have your baby laying more flat as the milk spews into their mouths, causing them to choke.
3. Burp several times through the feed. The reason for this is with my over active let down, Haydon is gulping so fast that he is most likely gulping more air. This air needs to be released for the feeding to be easier and prevent tummy issue or gas. Seems to have helped so far.
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