Re: Forceful Letdown????
Forceful letdown is a very subjective term. It's less about absolute speed/force and more about the baby's ability to handle the letdown. Some babies can easily handle a fast letdown; others will cough, splutter, gag, click, fuss, pull off the breast, and will act reluctant to nurse.
In most cases, forceful letdown is caused by oversupply. The more milk you have, the faster it comes out. This is why pumping is generally not a good treatment for forceful letdown. Every time you remove milk from the breast, whether via baby or via pump, you are telling your body to make more milk. If the root cause of fast letdowns is oversupply, pumping will just increase your supply and make the problem worse!
Start by adopting reclined feeding positions. Reclining enlists gravity to slow milk flow to the baby.
If that's not enough, and you have lots of symptoms of overproduction- e.g. lots of engorgement/fullness, tons of spraying and leaking- then you might want to do some block feeding. But don't start there!
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