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Ok, first get thou to a bookstore or amazon.com or half.com and order a copy of Hillary Flowers "Adventures in Tandem Nursing" indispensable.
Second, when ds2 was born, dd also went back to nursing like a newborn, part of it is they missed the milk while it was gone, part is jealousy of the new baby and a large part is wanting the reassurance of the closeness to mom, that yes, I am still her baby too. It WILL get better.
Third, pay attention. DD was withdrawn and quite and I thought it was adjusting to new baby, come to find out she had a raging yeast infection (Ithought it was diaper rash and the stuff I was usijng didnt work so finally went to the ped.) Its just easy to overlook stuff when overwhelmed with a new baby. Im not saying anything IS wrong, but just because he is adjusting to a new baby doesnt mean something else couldnt be going on, kwim?
Lastly, for engorgment, have you tried pumping? I know pumping can cause you make more, but dont pump a lot, just enough for baby to latch on. I actually had to pump and give ds a bottle of expressed milk as he seemed to prefer it, I had oversupply issues too. As dd slowed down on her nursing, and ds settled into his pattern, that issue did get better. Though when I went back to work, I still pumped about 18 oz. at a time (in about ten minutes). So yeah.
I think that book addresses all of your questions!
~Me, mama to soapbox boy (1991), photo girl (1997), gadget girl (2003), jungle boy (2005), fan boy (2007) and twirly girl (2011). Twenty five years of tree hugging, breastfeeding, cosleeping, unschooling, craziness!