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For the last couple of days when i have been feeding ds i havnt had a proper letdown or it takes ages to come in,ds is very impatient and gets really frustrated.I dont feel any letdown come in except for in the morn or a night.I dont know what is going on or why this is happening:confused:.I have had to end up giving ds solids to top him up so hes not so hungry.Has anyone had this before?Do you know why this might be happening?
Definately call the ABA if you continue to have problems. But in the meantime here is what I do to help with a let down if I have trouble:
Ensure I am very comfy and relaxed
A heat pack applied to the breast before feeding
or a warm shower
I found that seemed to help me so hopefully it may work for you. The relaxing part was the main problem I had.
The thing is i am relaxing when i am bf,i have tried being really relaxed and it dosnt work,i will call ABA tomorro
I never felt let down with either of my kids! The ABA helpline should be able to give you some great advice.
Lots of women never even feel it!
You could try expressing a little bit before each feed if you can, that way when DS starts sucking it's already there so less frustrating for him?
I notice your bub is 5 months. Mine went through a long growth spurt at that stage, feeding for long periods of time - like 50 minutes instead of 20 and on each side 3 times instead of once. I held off and didn't give him solids and it settled after about 7-10 days, when I assume my supply had increased.
Maybe this is what the issue is? I don't always get a letdown anyway (and generally have heaps of milk) but just wondered given your bubs age if that is what was happening. I know the books say a growth spurt at 6 months but my boy's came early!!
i have found that my perception of let down has changed during breastfeeding, from being quite painful, to me not even noticing a feeling sometimes. but if bubs is fussing and seeming impatient, it sounds like your let down is slower than normal.
sometimes with my 2nd dd i found that hormonal changes seemed to effect my letdown, but it passed quickly, i found the warm washer on the boob helped, and the quick little hand express before a feed sounds like it would help, prime the breasts ready to go.
at the moment i am taking some pain killers and i noticed that my let down took a little while the other morning, not sure if it is these meds, but the thought didi cross my mind, and of course the more i thought about letdown, the harder it seemed!
sometimes i just switch sides a few times, bub seems to want to automatically if the milk is a bit slow. i find the on off on off, from one breast to another soon has a let down happenning, often on both breasts, and then sometimes the cheeky girl doesn't want any milk...:detective:
i hope that you find the ABA helpful. the website is good too:thumbsup:
I always have & do notice my letdown at each feed, the only time I find I dont have a letdown is when my boobs dont fill up enough because I havent drunk enough fluids between feeds, so I try & drink plenty.
I rang ABA and they said my meds might be affecting my letdown,i have had all the letdowns today except the 1pm feed which is good,i usually do swap boobs if the letdown is not happening and it does help but sometimes it just dosnt want to come down.I do have milk there but he just dosnt like waiting for the letdown.I will probably goto the doctors tomorrow and see her about the meds im on and see if it is affecting my milk.Thanks ladies for your help much appreciated.
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