Hoping I can get some desperately needed advice
I have a 3 week old beautiful daughter who is breastfed. In the last week, the let down in my left breast has seriously gotten out of control. Bub pulls off constantly due to the strong flow, screams, face and body get covered in milk, I spray everywhere while trying to subdue her. This happens for an hour, it's a really awful experience for us both.
- I have tried allowing this breast to 'leak' while feeding from the right side to alleviate the pressure. When I do this I collect 40-50ml of leaking/spraying in the bottle. This seems like so much.
- I have tried feeding her upright stomach to stomach rather then nipple downward towards her, figure gravity might help here. Didn't really work.
- the breastfeeding association when I spoke to the hotline also said i could try a nipple shield. But if I am getting 40ml minimum coming out when I'm not even feeding from that side, surely the shield will fill up and fall off? I don't have much knowledge of shields so please englihten me
Anyway, I don't know how much longer we can do this. She is 3.5 weeks old. Why has this only started this week and will it settle? I really feel like giving up, we both wind up in tears and it's so stressful. She has also had a couple of green poos as I believe she is getting too much foremilk due to all this
Any advice would be really really helpful. Thank you all xx