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Danni88 Fri 15-Jan-16 09:24:48

Hi, I'm a new mum to a 10 week old girl, I'm successfully breastfeeding but havin problems with forceful let down / oversupply. My daughter will start to feed and my milk will literally spray out, this causes her to choke so I have to take her off and press a cloth over my nipple until it stops, which is a nightmare, I need 3 hands. Does anyone else have this problem or a better way to deal with it? I can't feed in public as I'm scared my milk will shoot out

kristine007 Fri 15-Jan-16 12:49:00

Same here. Have no advice though, sorry.

Poppytime Fri 15-Jan-16 14:01:24

I have the same - tricky isn't it?! I now tuck a Muslin over my folded down bra (nursing bra) if that makes sense? It picks up any drips and I can quickly hoik it up to press over the spray/wipe babies face. It's not a perfect solution but minimises mess!

cornishglos Fri 15-Jan-16 14:41:27

Same here. Just have a muslin to hand. Most people are looking away when they realise you're breastfeeding so I wouldn't let it worry you.

nearlyteatime101 Fri 15-Jan-16 14:48:52

Once I nearly shot my uncle in the face with breastmilk when the baby pulled away for air at the wrong moment. So embarrassing. No advice on how to stop it but would just like to say that it will calm down eventually. Promise.

theconstantvacuumer Fri 15-Jan-16 14:52:45

Can you express a bit first, just to take the pressure off a bit so to speak? I

Roobix04 Fri 15-Jan-16 14:55:28

Ditto to the whipping up a muslin cloth. I've shot sleeping dp in the back and the wall in Costa Coffee with breast milk. Fun times grin

5madthings Fri 15-Jan-16 14:55:57

I was always the same, expressing a bit off first may well just encourage your boobs to make more milk.

Feeding laying down or leaning back so it's going against gravity can help. Also breast shells to collect if you leak from the other breast as you feed. Muslin cloths lots of and in the end as my babies got bigger they got better at coping with the flow of milk.

I once sprayed someone sat opposite me on the tube when my eldest pulled off the boob mid feed... That was interesting!

DatsunCogs Fri 15-Jan-16 15:09:01

This is me too - second feeding lying down so it can drip out - not always practical! I use a nipple shield as it then drips from the end of that rather than spraying horizontally, you may be a bit far down the line to start that though!

It is a pain but in the plus side, guessing feeding is quick?!

louise987 Fri 15-Jan-16 18:43:16

OMG I am so relieved to read this! Totally the same boat, it's amazing how far it can go!
I do the Muslin thing to catch the sprays. They get soaked.

if I'm honest my DD always ends up with dried BM in her hair/ears... <oops>

ANiceSliceOfCake Fri 15-Jan-16 22:19:18

I managed to stop this by block feeding, so basically feeding of each boob twice. I had over supply and fast letdown and this corrected it. I know some people say speak to a breastfeeding support person before you try this though bit it worked for me.

Zinni Fri 15-Jan-16 22:59:52

I use a BebeChic breastfeeding cover. It's just a big square of cotton that goes on like an apron, with a rigid neckline so you can see baby when you look down. Looks like you're wearing a baggy top and can be folded in handbag in between feeds. Without it I'm paranoid my milk will spray people, it happened a couple of times when I was using a muslin (wriggly baby who pulls off mid-flow and pulls at things!) I sprayed a friend's legs and on a other occasion a stream of milk travelled a couple of metres blush
The cover gives me the confidence to feed anywhere, even next to a stranger on the bus.

Danni88 Sat 16-Jan-16 07:51:01

Thanks for your advice and tips! Glad I'm not the only one. No one told me about the 'cons' of breastfeeding, my daughters just started sleeping through 11pm-7am, which is amazing, but I still have to get up in the night and change my soaked bra, put a towel on my wet bed, n express a few ounces off each solid painful boob! confused
I get through SO many breast pads!!

Poppytime Sat 16-Jan-16 08:00:27

I just bulk ordered some breast pads from Amazon - I swear I am one of their best customers. DS is almost 15 weeks and I can't see not having to use them in the near future. I also keep finding them around the house stuck to things (including myself) blush

Danni88 Sat 16-Jan-16 08:03:31

Poppytime wich ones do you use? I currently use sainsburys ones, £1.50 for 40 pads. I tried tesco & asda and hated them sad

jessplussomeonenew Sat 16-Jan-16 08:58:41

Have you considered reusable pads?

Poppytime Sat 16-Jan-16 09:43:25

Lansinoh - I've tried loads and found these the best.

Poppytime Sat 16-Jan-16 09:44:42

Jess - I tried reusable (Tommy tippee I think) and they just leaked through sad, also they were kind of bulk and got worse after washing. Do you have any recommendations?

Zinni Sat 16-Jan-16 12:18:30

Lansinoh pads are best IMO

You can also get rubber shield things from Boots that you wear in bra to collect milk (no more damp bed)

Around 14weeks my supply settled and I stopped leaking at night, it takes a while to adjust when they start sleeping through

Doublebubblebubble Sat 16-Jan-16 12:27:23

Ds is 13 weeks and its still happening here... I use Sainsbury's pads too (tried Superdrug and they were a pile of poo)

Dixiechick17 Sat 16-Jan-16 13:20:11

I used to lean righy back to feed, practically laying down so that it wouldn't hit the back of her throat. The sainsburys breastpads are useless, personally I prefer boots ultra slim or the tommee tippee ones as they are much wider and more absorbant and don't crumple up to the size of your nipple after a few hours. I also have reuseable bamboo ones. Expressing a bit off before a feed can help too sometimes.

DatsunCogs Sat 16-Jan-16 13:42:19

Lansinoh are the best but I use reusables too, got some bamboo ones from Amazon which are okay.

OnceAMeerNotAlwaysAMeer Sat 16-Jan-16 21:52:24

we had the same problem. Lying down to feed helped as a couple of people have said. Also expressing a bit first.

Otherwise the poor baby would pull off the boob half choking and shortly afterwards as if he'd been under a whate-water garden sprayer.

villainousbroodmare Sat 16-Jan-16 21:55:44

It will settle down soon. I was exactly the same, drenched pyjamas and all, but from about 4 mo I could get away without even wearing a bra to bed (oh, the joy!)

Dachshund Sat 16-Jan-16 22:01:26

My people! I too have been doing the muslin cloth catching the overspray thing... Hoping that it will calm down. My other new mum friends keep telling me to be grateful for the oversupply and not having to fall back on formula but the let down is SO painful and lasts a good 15 seconds! It comes on all the time too, not just feeds. She could cry and then my top is soaked sad Lansinoh is the best for me too

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