Her daily breast milk shower, otherwise known as a forceful letdown! A forceful or overact letdown is when your milk comes out too fast and hard at the letdown.
Every baby is different in their ability to manage a forceful letdown. Some babies can tolerate a forceful letdown without needing much support from you while other babies get frustrated or colicky/gassy. If your baby demonstrates any of the signs below, they might need help adjusting to your flow.
Signs of overactive letdown
Gags, chokes, gulps, gasps, coughs while nursing as though the milk is coming too fast.
Pulls off the breast often while nursing.
Clamps down on the nipple at let-down to slow the flow of milk.
Makes a clicking sound when nursing.
Spits up often and/or tend to be very gassy.
Periodically refuses to nurse.
Dislikes comfort nursing.
What you can do to support your baby:
The first 2-8 weeks of breastfeeding can be a bit challenging as you and your baby find what works. It’s possible your baby can figure it out without much effort on your part.
In addition to being patient, you can try clamping down on the areola to slow the milk flow (squeeze down on your areola to slow the milk)
Laid back or side-lying nursing- I posted about this previously. This position gives your baby more control over the flow of milk since they don’t have to fight gravity; the milk can slowly dribble out the side of their mouth.
Feed upright in a baby carrier- offers same benefit as laidback nursing.
If you can feel your letdown, pull baby off for 15-30 seconds until the letdown is complete and then re-latch baby.
Ask for help!