Re: Forceful Letdown?
Definitely possible to have forceful letdowns without oversupply. FFLD is more about how the baby handles the flow than about the speed of the flow itself.
The are several things which makes me think that this is unlikely to be FFLD. First, you have an older baby who is presumably a pretty good nurser- FFLD tends to be more of a problem for younger babies. Second, it doesn't sound like you have an oversupply, and FFLD is generally more of a problem when a mom has a larger supply. And most women, even those with oversupply, tend to have slightly lower supply in the evenings. It's possible that you have a high evening supply, but it would be unusual. Third, it's only this one last feeding of the day which is problematic- if you had FFLD I would expect you to have more problems throughout the day, on days when you are home with your baby.
If this is FFLD, then the way to deal with it is to be patient and to adopt reclined nursing positions. Reclined positions use gravity to slow the flow of milk to the baby.
If this isn't FFLD, then what is it? I'm thinking that it's likely just normal evening fussiness. Baby is too tired to eat well, maybe not even really hungry, and yet too fussy to go right to sleep. Keep nursing her, and please don't fall into the evening bottle trap! A lot of working moms seem to end up getting frustrated with evening fussiness and therefore start giving baby more bottles than she's already getting, leading to less nursing and the baby potentially learning that fussiness is a great way to get a bottle when she wants the easy experience of eating from one.
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