Re: delayed letdown and feeling of not enough milk
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As long as your baby's diaper output and growth remain normal, I would not supplement or worry. I would just tough it out. Often when a mom transitions from oversupply to normal supply, her baby goes through a period of frustration and sometimes intense fussiness as he adjusts to the new state of affairs. When a mom has oversupply, milk is really easy to get at and baby hardly needs to work in order to get the milk flowing. When mom's supply is more equal to baby's needs, he suddenly has to work a lot harder for his meals, learning how to use his mouth efficiently to trigger his preferred milk flow. It's at this point that many moms start supplementing or adding solids to their babies' diets, or trying to increase volume with the pump- things which are counterproductive because they short-circuit the frustration which is causing the baby to learn how to become a better nurser.
As long as you are a) not pregnant, b) not on any new form of hormonal contraception, c) nursing on demand or at least 8-10 times a day if you have a baby who demands less often than that, and d) seeing adequate growth and diaper output, I wouldn't do anything about this situation except put up with it. (A and B apply because pregnancy and hormonal contraception can both impact supply to the point where the baby cannot stimulate sufficient milk production by nursing.)
For the record, when a mom transitions from oversupply to normal supply, the following are normal:
- Reduced or absent feelings of fullness or engorgement
- Diminished or absent leaking
- Lower pump output (if mom is pumping)
- Baby suddenly requires both breasts at a feeding even though he previously needed only one
- Baby acts fussy (pulls off, cries, kneads the breast, wants to nurse all the time, etc.)
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