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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    My little one is almost 4 months now, and she's been dealing really well with my forceful letdown for about a month or so. Sometimes when it goes really crazy she'll pull off and choke a little, trying to give me the stinkeye, but having trouble doing so while being squirted in the face. I always feel terrible when that happens, but she seems to be pretty tolerant of it all these days.

    She's also recently learned to "slurp" at the breast like it's a drinking fountain when my letdown is too much for her, which allows her to get her milk, but not augment the flow by sucking. I know it's not "proper" feeding, but I let her do it because it works for her and other than being a little messy, it's not bothering me at all.

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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    well here I am at the magic 3 month mark, and it's not any better yet He still arches away and screams if I even put him near the boob. He hates to nurse b/o my strong flow. I have to rock him forever before latching him on everytime. I was able to feed him in the sling a few times, but now he is even rejecting that, and screaming. Please tell me he will one day take to nursing. I am feeling so sad about it. He does nurse okay at night, but I would love to get to a point where I can feed him anywhere. Anyone else take longer than 3 months to get there?

    Kathryn,
    Mama to my sweet blueberry eyed boy Joshua
    born on 11/2/2006

    and my blueberry eyed baby Jonah Henry...my water birth baby!
    born on 6/15/09



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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sixyearplan View Post
    It took over four months for us.
    and then she started happily nursing? Was she rejecting every time too? It's hard not to feel so bummed about it.

    Kathryn,
    Mama to my sweet blueberry eyed boy Joshua
    born on 11/2/2006

    and my blueberry eyed baby Jonah Henry...my water birth baby!
    born on 6/15/09



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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    have you treated for reflux?
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

    ************************************************** ************************************************** *****************
    People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available. ~Chele Marmet

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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*sch.mommy View Post
    have you treated for reflux?
    Yes, we tried reflux meds in the beginning when he was screaming. Turns out he was screaming because he was gulping a ton of air (shallow latch and strong letdown). He was super gassy. I could be wrong, but I really don't think it's reflux...it is def. the strong letdown, and fear of the letdown. People mention taking him off and spraying the letdown out. I can't do that, he will NOT latch back on. He gets mad and arches away. When I finally get him on, I try to keep him on.

    M...can you nurse her now when you are out and about, or do you have to be lying down or have her in the sling?

    Kathryn,
    Mama to my sweet blueberry eyed boy Joshua
    born on 11/2/2006

    and my blueberry eyed baby Jonah Henry...my water birth baby!
    born on 6/15/09



    MOBY WRAPS ROCK

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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    I just researched silent reflux again...he does have some of the sx's...but could also be the same sx's of OALD....so Frustrating!!! What do you think?

    I bolded the ones that Jonah exhibits...

    • poor sleeping
    • arching their back during or after eating*
    • frequent and violent hiccups
    • frequent ear infections
    refusing food despite being hungry or the opposite wanting to eat all the time for comfort
    • excessive drooling....since 2 months he has been soooooooo drooly
    • sinus infections
    gagging and choking
    • chronic hoarse voice
    • apnea
    • respiratory problems such as pneumonia, bronchitis, wheezing, and asthma
    gagging themselves with their fist/fingers...he does this ALL THE TIME!!! Thought he was teething...
    • poor weight gain, weight loss, failure to thrive or the opposite with excessive weight gain if they are comfort feeders
    • bad breath
    food/oral aversions
    neck arching (Sandifer's Syndrome)....does this all the time too.
    curdled spit-up (he just started with this)

    Kathryn,
    Mama to my sweet blueberry eyed boy Joshua
    born on 11/2/2006

    and my blueberry eyed baby Jonah Henry...my water birth baby!
    born on 6/15/09



    MOBY WRAPS ROCK

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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    N had silent reflux. That's what it sounded like to me when you were describing J's symptoms initially. I also had OALD/OS which I was able to correct with block feeding. Zantac is pretty mild, and it takes a least one week to start to work. Maybe talk to your doc about trying it for 30 days and see if you see a difference?

    N is nearly 18 months old and STILL has silent reflux. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't try the zantac. It was hard at first, because when we introduced the zantac he got worse before he got better, but after that initial week we found a big improvement.

    I know you're having a hard time with this
    ~Jenn~


    mother of 2 boys!
    08/14/98~~03/20/08

    Birth: 7lbs 12oz, 1 year: 22lbs 11oz
    until he self-weaned 4 days before his third birthday ... still on occasion ... and happily

    ************************************************** ************************************************** *****************
    People need to understand that when they're deciding between breastmilk and formula, they're not deciding between Coke and Pepsi.... They're choosing between a live, pure substance and a dead substance made with the cheapest oils available. ~Chele Marmet

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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    thanks Jenn...
    M, did the reflux meds make a difference for the time she was on them?

    He is not screaming or in pain anymore, just arches away and screams if the breast is near him .

    Kathryn,
    Mama to my sweet blueberry eyed boy Joshua
    born on 11/2/2006

    and my blueberry eyed baby Jonah Henry...my water birth baby!
    born on 6/15/09



    MOBY WRAPS ROCK

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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    I made an appt. with the ped on Friday. We'll see what she says...
    He hasn't nursed all day today, and is arching away from me. He's not sleeping well either. It's just so darn frustrating!

    Kathryn,
    Mama to my sweet blueberry eyed boy Joshua
    born on 11/2/2006

    and my blueberry eyed baby Jonah Henry...my water birth baby!
    born on 6/15/09



    MOBY WRAPS ROCK

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    Default Re: super strong let-down/what age can they handle it?

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*kathrynk View Post
    I made an appt. with the ped on Friday. We'll see what she says...
    He hasn't nursed all day today, and is arching away from me. He's not sleeping well either. It's just so darn frustrating!
    Student aspiring to be a Chiropractor and mother to Noah who will be 3 in July and Olivia who will be 2 in Aug.

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