A few months ago, when DD was about 16 mo, I was finding that I wasn't having let downs and DD was getting quite frustrated like one of the moms in a previous thread was saying. This would happen even though I apparently had plenty of milk at the ready. I have been wanting to post this for a while and didn't want to make this a reply to because it would seem to simplistic to say - drink more water!
When this started happening a few months ago, I remembered what my friend told me when I told her about my failed breast pumping experience when DD was about one (I tried for an hour and never had a LD or got anything but sore nipples). She said that in order to pump any milk she would have to drink a lot of water, a whole lot. So I tried it and it works, almost instantly. I drink down a good few lugs of water, which feels good, and makes me feel satiated and relaxed, and snap! I have LD.
As you can imagine this can be pretty disruptive at night although we always keep a bottle to hand. But also it's pretty frustrating if in the day I don't have any to hand, and I sit there not having LD and feeling more and more thirsty and anxious. It's normally fine to interrupt, at her age DD just carries on where we left off. Still I find this quite annoying.
Does it mean that I am dehydrated most of the time and my body doesn't want to release the milk because it would have to use more fluid to make more? Do other moms have a similar experience, has anything they've done helped?