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How do I figure this out? I don't leak & I don't get engorged. I also don't feel letdown ever.<br><br>
However, these are the symptoms in little A:<br><br>
Very, very gassy - worse at night. Hard time passing gas & stools<br>
Greenish/yellow poops but not necessarily stringy & mucousy<br>
He definitely fusses & I can hear him gulping & drinking fast while nursing at times<br><br>
I'm really at my wits end. Why can't I produce children who are content eating?
 

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I have oversupply/overactive letdown issues too and have often wondered the same thing... it seems like eating is such a struggle for DD and I felt the same with DS too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
If your babe coughs and sputters at your breast and pops off and there is milk spraying everywhere, there is a good chance you are dealing with OALD. Have you tried letting your milk spray into a cloth diaper or burp cloth or towel for a minute, just to let some of the pressure off, then get your baby to latch back on? Not all moms feel their let downs but you can still have OALD.<br><br>
How old is your baby?<br><br>
If you decide you don't have OALD or have managed it and there is still trouble, you can start looking into sensitivities... sometimes it's easier to check the simplest problems first, since the solutions are rather easy and you'll know one way or the other fairly soon.<br><br>
The gulping and drinking fast makes me think more OALD, babies can swallow a lot of air and that can cause fussiness/gassiness. Are you burping him well after feeds?<br><br>
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I can't imagine that I'd actually spray anything. They just don't seem that "full". However, he definitely swallows a lot & fusses during feeds so that's why I thought OALD.<br><br>
We try to burp him, but especially at night he's a tough burp. I'm just so depressed. We're hardly getting any sleep because he's so fussy at night. I feel like a failure cause I just can't seem to feed my children.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I'm really sorry you are feeling so badly about this! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> How do you feel about eliminating dairy for a while and see what happens? It can take 2-4 weeks for all the dairy proteins to leave your body so you'll need to stick with it for a while, but sometimes night fussing/gassiness can be an intolerance to something in the diet. Dairy, soy, gluten are common culprits.
 

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How old is the baby?<br><br>
With oversupply the key is weight gain. Is he gaining more than 6-8oz a week?<br><br>
If his weight gain is low to normal than it isn't oversupply.
 

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That baby is a month old. He's gaining a *lot* of weight. He gained 2 lbs 6 oz in a month.
 

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what was his birthweight? If you figure the goal is to have babies back to their birth weight by 2 weeks and then 6-8 oz a week from there- 2 lbs 6 0z is a lot.<br>
The green poops and the fussiness combined with the weight gain make me think it is oversupply. I had oversupply and dairy sensitivity issues. there was a huge improvemnet when i started feeding from one side for 3 feedings then another improvement when I cut out dairy.<br>
Hope you figure it out!
 

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Mucousy stools are a sure sign of allergy. Since his stools are not mucousy, I'd lean towards foremilk/hindmilk imbalance, which is often, but not necessarily, associated with oversupply.<br><br>
To ensure adequate hindmilk intake, make sure baby finishes the first breast first. Look into block nursing & breast compression.<br><br>
HTH!
 

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I had a ragiing oversupply with overactive letdown. Through my research I found a website that sent me a questionnairre regarding it. I can forward it to anyone if they are interested (actually, it's an entire conversation in gmail with the survey in it as well as some talk back and forth regarding OAL - might be helpful).<br><br>
joelene22 AT gmail.com
 
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