I'm having a really rough day - so bad that I couldnt stop crying during our last nursing session, which I know makes my issue even worse.
The problem I'm having is my let-downs are not frequent. Used to only be a problem in the evenings but now its happening during the day sometimes. I know I have plenty of milk because I pump 2-3x a day and get 2-4 extra oz. I have a bit of OALD (not too bad though) and my 6 week old loves it and gobbles it all up. Once the let-down is done, she gets really upset when its not fast anymore. I try switching sides frequently which sometimes helps, but sometimes I cant get another let down for like 10-20mins. Certain times of the day I get a let-down every few minutes so I'm not sure whats up really. I've tried deep breathing, music, visulization, talking to her, etc - it doesnt always work.
I was reading on the kellymom site about this issue and she brought up Pavlov's experiment (check it out below). Has this worked for any of you? Do any of you have, or have had this issue? If so, what helps and how long with this issue continue?
When it takes a really long time I will give in and give her a bottle of EBM, but I really dont like doing this. I'd really prefer to BFE until I go back to work next month. I'm only pumping to get some extra supply, and to help with this let-down issue.
Any advice would really help!! TIA!
In Pavlov's terms:
•the food (nursing) is an unconditioned stimulus
•the salivation (let-down) in response to the food (nursing) is an unconditioned reflex
•the sound of the bell (let-down cue) is the conditioned stimulus
•the salivation (let-down) to the stimulus of the bell (let-down cue) alone is the conditioned reflex.