Re: Ready to Give Up, plus a few questions
The baby's reaction to letdowns is how you tell. A forceful letdown will cause the baby to choke, gag, cough, splutter, make a clicking/clucking sound, or to pull off the breast. When baby pulls off during a letdown, you may see milk squirting or streaming for the breast.
I don't know if I have OALD/forceful letdown. How can you tell? Someone asked me if I could feel my milk letting down and I don't feel anything except her movements at the nipple. Is this normal?
Not feeling letdowns is entirely normal. Many moms never feel them. I didn't with my first baby, and felt them only dully with my second, with whom I had significant oversupply.
Your baby is still young, and that means your milk supply is still fluctuating a lot. Sometimes your body makes too much, sometimes it struggles to keep up. As time goes on, these episodes of engorgement will diminish in frequency and probably disappear altogether.
And then last night we got up around midnight to feed and my left breast was totally engorged and painful. I had her nurse on that side and it fixed the problem, but that was weird.
No worries about exercise impacting milk supply. However, the type of bra you wear when exercising can impact supply. Anything tight or ill-fitting can impact your production and/or cause plugged ducts.
I'm also hoping that I get the all clear to start running again at my 6 week appointment on Monday. That hour or so has always helped de-stress my mind and return my natural balance. Of course I'm worried about supply issues with exercising again, so look for another post from me about that in a week or two! :-)
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"