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Fast milk flow - any tips on how to feed?
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Posted 23 February 2007 - 09:08 PM
Hi - I was hoping for people's advice on what to do if the milk flow is too fast for baby? Is it possible for the flow to be faster on one side? My son is fine feeding from the right breast, but on the left he pulls on and off, fusses, cries. He rarely has a good feed on that side, so I end up feeding mostly on the right.
Posted 23 February 2007 - 09:53 PM
Have you tried lying down,lie on your back and get bub to feed that way, this slows down the flow. Or you could try expressing from that side before you feed bub, if there is less milk to come out he might be comfortable feeding from that side.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 09:55 AM
WHen DS was young I hd to express a bit off before feeding him as it was way to fast and chocking him.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 10:04 AM
I also agree about feeding bub laying flat on your back - attach bubs as per normal then recline backwards so that bub is face down on your breasts - it takes a little bit of practice but for me it did help.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 11:45 AM
I used to lie back in my reclining chair for first feed of the day when (.)(.) were very full - or express 40 or so mL first just to avoid that whoosh of milk. Very effective.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 07:16 PM
also I used to attach bub then wait for the let down feeling take bub off and let the milk go into a cloth, the reattach bub after the fast let down.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 08:50 PM
Lay in bed to feed or lay as far back as you can in a recliner or lounge. I had the same prob...choked poor Noah.
Posted 24 February 2007 - 09:53 PM
Definately agree with what the other posters have said, lie down as much as you can and then it shouldn't choke your ds.
Goodluck with it all
Posted 24 February 2007 - 11:34 PM
I had a tough time with oversupply. It helped to feed my son lying down. I also only fed from one side per feed (sometimes stretched to two feeds), to make sure he received enough hind milk and to help get the supply under control.
I tried to limit expressing as much as possible so as not to increase my supply. During letdown I pulled him off and let it flow into a cloth.
Here is a link to an article that I found very helpful: http://www.llli.org/FAQ/oversupply.html
Posted 25 February 2007 - 05:18 PM
Hi - thanks everyone for your replies. I have tried feeding lying down but I can't seem to get it to work, which is strange considering I fed lying all the time with my daughter until she was nearly 2 years old! I think I can't get him to attach properly so he doesn't like it. I will keep trying though.
Is it ok though if I do only feed mostly on one side? I keep offering the left side, but usually end up back on the right side. I also have been expressing on the left side (the side he doesn't like) because the milk builds up and gets uncomfortable. Is that ok to do? I sometimes feed him this milk as from a bottle in the evenings.
Posted 25 February 2007 - 08:08 PM
Hi, Just a thought, have you had him checked by a chiro/osteo? My month old son was just checked out by the chiro and his neck was out, seems to have fixed the issue of him preferring one side over the other. I know everyone has different ideas about babies and these type of things - something that worked for me. Good luck
Edited by rach11, 25 February 2007 - 08:09 PM.
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