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    Default Painful letdowns

    My LO is 6 months old (in 4 days, yey, I did it - 6 mo exclusive bf!).
    My letdowns are still rather painful. I can feel the letdown every time and it hurts Also, every time I have a letdown, the boob he is not nursing on leaks.
    Is this normal? Should I worry about it?
    I also still have the oversupply, often wake up in the middle of the night in serious discomfort... I thought it was all supposed to correct itself by now...
    First time mommy to a wonderful baby boy, Kai, 3/26/2010
    Birth Weight: 7lb 8oz
    1 month: 9lb 6oz
    3 months: 13lb 10oz
    6 months: 17lb 1oz
    9 months: 19lb 13oz
    12 months: 21lb

    We are , love to , cloth diapering that and taking him with us everywhere.

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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    The time it takes for supply to regulate is different for everyone. and for women that have an oversupply it generally takes longer. I don't really have a lot of advice about it- there are things that you can do including block feeding, herbs and such if you are really interested in decreasing your supply. I have found however that my oversupply really only went away around 9 months when I cut back pumping at work. Are you pumping at all?
    as for the painful letdown those too will get better with time- I still get a tingly feeling during letdown now at 18 months but no where near what it used to be.
    Jessica

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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*rcsmom View Post
    The time it takes for supply to regulate is different for everyone. and for women that have an oversupply it generally takes longer. I don't really have a lot of advice about it- there are things that you can do including block feeding, herbs and such if you are really interested in decreasing your supply. I have found however that my oversupply really only went away around 9 months when I cut back pumping at work. Are you pumping at all?
    as for the painful letdown those too will get better with time- I still get a tingly feeling during letdown now at 18 months but no where near what it used to be.
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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    Thanks ladies.
    I am pumping - but only at work when I need to replace the nursings (I am only in the office 2-3 days a week, and usually not full days, I work mostly from home).
    <sigh> Well, I guess I should just wait... I never thought I would nurse that long to begin with
    First time mommy to a wonderful baby boy, Kai, 3/26/2010
    Birth Weight: 7lb 8oz
    1 month: 9lb 6oz
    3 months: 13lb 10oz
    6 months: 17lb 1oz
    9 months: 19lb 13oz
    12 months: 21lb

    We are , love to , cloth diapering that and taking him with us everywhere.

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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    I still get tingly let downs (though not painful) and I still leak out the other side and my guy is 8 months. I don't have oversupply either (but I do have OALD).
    Amanda
    Formerly: baby-blue-eyes

    Canadian Mum to Naomi Born 03/17/08 and has a dairy allergy we are hoping she will outgrow. Nursed for 1 year
    And Gavin Born 01/13/10. 22 months, still nursing and already determined to find every possible way of giving me a heart attack with his dare devilishness

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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    Funny, I posted something VERY SIMILAR about six months ago! I'm like, anyone still have painful letdowns and leaking at a year?

    I got a few yeses, mostly from fellow OS/OALD sufferers. (I think intense letdown sensations are a symptom of OALD.)

    So, yeah. I think it's normal?

    At seventeen months, I barely notice my letdowns anymore - there is still a dull ache, but the pain has lessened considerably. So hang in there!


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    Mom to baby boy Joe, born 5/4/09 and breastfed for more than two and a half years, and baby girl Maggie, born 7/9/12.

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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    I wouldn't say mine are painful, but definitely uncomfortable and I hate the feeling of let-down if the baby is not nursing. I always leak on the other side too. I usually just apply pressure to the leaking side to keep from leaking.


    Jeanne (my middle name IRL)


    Mommy to two girls (M & M), born Sept. '07 and Sept. '09

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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    Thanks ladies!
    I guess it just helps to hear that I am not alone in this and it is normal

    I really don't like it Especially when I wake up in the middle of the night cause I got a letdown and it hurts and I'm in a small puddle of warm milk... delightful
    First time mommy to a wonderful baby boy, Kai, 3/26/2010
    Birth Weight: 7lb 8oz
    1 month: 9lb 6oz
    3 months: 13lb 10oz
    6 months: 17lb 1oz
    9 months: 19lb 13oz
    12 months: 21lb

    We are , love to , cloth diapering that and taking him with us everywhere.

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    Default Re: Painful letdowns

    Quote Originally Posted by @llli*elesha View Post
    Thanks ladies!
    Especially when I wake up in the middle of the night cause I got a letdown and it hurts and I'm in a small puddle of warm milk... delightful
    I don't know if you have tried bra pads or not, but I've been using Lansinoh disposable bra pads since my DS was born. I love them!!! I actually wear them all day and through the night because I also leak at every let down and during the night. I never have leaks through my clothes or in my bed. Just a thought. Also, if you don't want the expense of buying bra pads every month they do make washable ones...
    Mommy to Cole born April 10, 2010 BF for 11 1/2 months!
    DD, Ayla, born August 16, 2012.
    Birth weight-6lbs 3oz
    Weight leaving hospital-5lbs 14oz
    1 Week-6lbs 9 oz

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