Re: Strong letdown
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The first line of defense against strong letdowns is reclined nursing positions. Reclining enlists gravity to slow milk flow and make nursing more comfortable for the baby. You absolutely want to avoid the pump, because every drop of milk you remove is a drop that your body will think needs to be replaced, and the more milk you have the stronger your letdowns will be.
How old is your baby? And do you see any of the following symptoms:
- Mom often feels full or engorged
- Mom leaks a lot
- Mom feels strong letdown sensation
- Mom is able to pump a lot of milk with little effort, if she is pumping
- Baby coughs, gags, splutters, or makes a click or cluck noise
- Baby frequently pulls off the breast while nursing
- If baby pulls off while letdown is occurring, mom may see milk squirting or streaming from the breast
- Baby feeds rapidly, in as little as 5-10 minutes
- Baby may need only 1 breast per feeding
- Baby may appear to "dislike" nursing, may cry and fuss
- Baby may have poops which are frequently or even consistently green
- Baby may gain weight rapidly
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