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Any solutions for a babe being drowned by a fast let down?

post #1 of 7
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BF is going well.  I'm pretty comfortable, and I know that DD is getting plenty of milk.  I'm having the same problem this time that I did with DS.  My let down has become pretty fast and forceful, and DD just isn't ready to handle that volume of milk at that speed!  She's been backing off the deep latch to compensate and is swallowing lots of air trying to keep up, resulting in some nipple pain for me and excess gas for her despite serious burping efforts.  She's not a big complainer, but I know she's uncomfortable with all the grunting she's doing.  I had forgotten about all the soaked prefolds, shirts, and baby sleepers we dealt with the first time around.  Any of you ladies have a trick up your sleeve for dealing with a fast let down?

post #2 of 7

Have you tried pumping through the first letdown before you start nursing?  I had to do that with one of mine.  The others just figured out eventually to pop off and get sprayed with milk (until I got really quick with the diaper), then go back to nursing when things had calmed down.  Hopefully it won't last long anyway, once you and your baby have time to get timing and supply in sync.  Good luck!

post #3 of 7

same thing here - no advice. my boy isn'T doing too bad though, but I wish he would drink a little more, I feel like I am going to burst! DD was a great nurser and this one is rather lazy. especially during the nights (which I should be thankful for). I just really hope we'll get 'timing and supply in sync' soon.

 

ETA: this morning at 5am when I changed him his whole one side was soaked - in breastmillk! I completely forgot about all the extra laundry of milk soaked stuff too.

post #4 of 7

With my first I had a crazy strong letdown (hat choked poor dd and sprayed her in the face) combined with oversupply issues.  I would not recommend what we did for mamas who don't have a really good supply, but with us I found that it was not good for me to feed at both sides at every feeding, or even to switch sides every time.  

 

In addition to her discomfort with the firehose in her mouth, she was getting too much foremilk when I had her nurse on a "fresh" breast too often.  What I needed to do was really make sure she drained one side well before switching to the other side.  Until my supply adjusted, it probably took 2-3 feedings to drain one side.  Eventually we could switch sides each nursing, but it was a while yet before she fed at both breasts each time.

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Originally Posted by wendelberry View Post

Have you tried pumping through the first letdown before you start nursing?  I had to do that with one of mine.  The others just figured out eventually to pop off and get sprayed with milk (until I got really quick with the diaper), then go back to nursing when things had calmed down.  Hopefully it won't last long anyway, once you and your baby have time to get timing and supply in sync.  Good luck!

 

Yeah, it doesn't seem to matter if it's the first or the third let down.  At certain points in the day, I'm just spraying the whole time!  I honestly can't remember how long it took for ds and I to hit our stride.  Compared to the experience with him, though, this has been a walk in the park.  

 
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Originally Posted by franjapany View Post

same thing here - no advice. my boy isn'T doing too bad though, but I wish he would drink a little more, I feel like I am going to burst! DD was a great nurser and this one is rather lazy. especially during the nights (which I should be thankful for). I just really hope we'll get 'timing and supply in sync' soon.

 

ETA: this morning at 5am when I changed him his whole one side was soaked - in breastmillk! I completely forgot about all the extra laundry of milk soaked stuff too.

 

It's amazing what we forge, isn't it??  Waking up in a puddle of milk.  All of my tanks now have milk fat stains on the nipples.  I really have to get back into the nursing bra/nursing pad wearing mode.  I have been too lazy to dig out my sleeping bra from one of the unpacked boxes in the garage.  

 

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Originally Posted by laurac5 View Post

With my first I had a crazy strong letdown (hat choked poor dd and sprayed her in the face) combined with oversupply issues.  I would not recommend what we did for mamas who don't have a really good supply, but with us I found that it was not good for me to feed at both sides at every feeding, or even to switch sides every time.  

 

In addition to her discomfort with the firehose in her mouth, she was getting too much foremilk when I had her nurse on a "fresh" breast too often.  What I needed to do was really make sure she drained one side well before switching to the other side.  Until my supply adjusted, it probably took 2-3 feedings to drain one side.  Eventually we could switch sides each nursing, but it was a while yet before she fed at both breasts each time.

 

With ds I had what seemed to me like oversupply, but it was probably just that ds wasn't draining.  He would nurse 5 min and then pop off, esp at night.  I have smallish breasts, so I just felt like they were about to bust in the morning.  I would pump to drain and then block feed the rest of the day like you are describing otherwise we would get the green foremilk poo.  Eventually everything evened out, but I think I ended up controlling my production a little too much.  When I would pump at work later on, I couldn't ever get more than 12 oz on a good day.  That may also be due to the fact that ds nursed so much at night that I was used to spacing out my production throughout the entire day.  Anyway, I'm sure things will settle down soon enough.  The nice thing about this not being my first bf rodeo is that I don't have the anxiety of last time, not knowing that things would get so much easier and actually really enjoyable.  

post #6 of 7

I second the suggestions of pumping or even hand expressing (or just letting the milk spray in a diaper) before baby really gets going.-  I bet it's just a matter of time till it all balances out. I have the issue right now also, but only on one side, funny enough...  I also put her on twice or so on that overfull side... we are just coming out of major engorgement and I focused on my comfort rather then the kind of switching and balancing that you do later on...

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Originally Posted by tekcez View Post

 The nice thing about this not being my first bf rodeo is that I don't have the anxiety of last time, not knowing that things would get so much easier and actually really enjoyable.  

 

I don't really have any advice but totally agree with your statement! Hope things smooth out soon!

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