Re: Incredibly Slow Flow?
I never sprayed like that either. And I never did respond all that well to the pump. When pumping my letdowns would last 30-45 seconds or so and then it would just dribble for a while. But I seemed to have plenty when they would nurse. My first baby was small- 5%-3%ile from about 4 months on (still is small and she's six) and I did wonder at the time if it was because of a slow flow, but I just fed her on cue and would let her nurse as much as she wanted (which was pretty frequent, short feedings most of the time) and she grew on her own curve. Then I had my son, who was much bigger when he was born and would nurse for a long time and then go long stretches between and I realized it didn't have anything to do with my milk production, it was just a difference in my babies' preferences/metabolisms.
Your baby's sucking patterns can stimulate more than one let down, too. That's another difference between baby and the pump. I think unless you're seeing signs of a problem- not enough wet diapers, unhappy baby, not meeting milestones, losing weight- you're probably fine.
When you say you've had slow weight gain, what do you mean?
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