Re: Change in supply and letdown?
Any time that stimulation to and milk removal from the breasts is decreased, supply is eventually going to respond by decreasing to match demand. When stimulation and milk removal increase again, so will supply.
Is your LO sick, teething, or eating a lot of solids? That might explain the decrease in nursing frequency.
One of the big inhibitors to letdown is stress, and the stress hormone adrenaline. Could you do some deep breathing prior to nursing? That might reduce the stress level and also the time it takes to get to the letdown.
Another thing that effects letdown is how the baby is nursing. A baby who is nursing eagerly and rhthymically will trigger a letdown more quickly than one who is nursing in a relaxed way (I.e. comfort nursing). You might want to try the following:
- Don't resort to bottles- make your all do the work of getting the letdown instead of tea hing her that laziness at the breast will be rewarded with a bottle
- Try starting feedings on the slow letdown side, so that baby does her hungriest, eagerness sucking there. If she doesn't trigger a letdown there, switch her to the easier side. Once she has fed on that side, try her on the slow side again- the sucking she did earlier may have gotten that breast closer to letdown.
Are you back at work, mama, or home with your baby? I'm just wondering whether or to you absolutely need to use those bottles. If you don't, it might make sense to banish them for a while.
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