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Thread: milk letdown stronger at night?

  1. #1
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    Default milk letdown stronger at night?

    I have a 3 wo who nurses great during the day, but at night we go through 4-5 hours straight of him latching on and pulling back & off the nipple as though my letdown is too strong. He does not sputter or choke on milk, but I can hear through his swallowing that he is getting mouthfuls of milk and having to gulp them down.

    Last night I think I tried every trick in the book to help him--cold compresses, nursing positions that had him upright above the breast, laying on my back, etc., but nothing helped. He sucks for a few seconds, then releases & cries in frustration--and this happens over and over and over for 4 hours.

    Is this just nightime fussiness? He is happy and content nursing all day with no problems.

    thanks!

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    Default Re: milk letdown stronger at night?

    Here's a link that might help. http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/fussy-evening.html Could it be that he wants to comfort suck and is annoyed that he's getting milk? Just throwing an idea out there...

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    Default Re: milk letdown stronger at night?

    Thanks--that link describes exactly what my lo is doing!

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    Default Re: milk letdown stronger at night?

    My LO does this exact same thing (just not only at night!). I've found that she needs the pacifier just to comfort suck- she won't comfort suck at the breast but I can definitely tell when only her binky will do!!!!

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    Default Re: milk letdown stronger at night?

    so does my baby! i had had almost supplemented her with formula! luckily to read this in time!

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