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Just wondering... mine seems to take a minute or more (poor ds gets so impatient!). If you can feel your letdown, how long into nursing does it usually take for you?
 

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a few seconds if my breasts are very full, maybe 15 sec if not so full, then if it's a long nursing session I'll have a couple more letdowns during<br><br>
if he's nursing on and off for a long period I may not feel a let down each time he reattaches
 

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I never feel let down, but when I pump I can see that it usually takes up to a minute or more and as much as two minutes on my right side. I just got a brand new Medela Pump in Style Advanced, which has 2 modes (the fast sucking in the beginning and the long slow sucks), and I let down so much quicker now, it is amazing. I've always had slow let down, but with this new machine, I can let down in under 30 seconds usually! I had an old Medela Pump in Style before (1995, and on the 3 kid), and my new one is so much more comfortable and quicker. Anyway, relaxation is the key.
 

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With the munchkin, one minute or so. Pumping, forever. Lately I've been having ds suck until the letdown b/c otherwise it never happens. I even got an electic (thinking the manual pump was the problem) but it hasn't solved the problem. Bummer.
 

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So, good idea, have a drink at hand. Another idea, if baby is impatient or it takes too long with the pump, massage the breasts beforehand, roll the nipples too.<br><br>
Massage as you would for a breast exam, in small circles all around the breast. Then lean over and shake the breasts, letting gravity help too.<br><br>
Never slide your fingers over the skin, which can cause damaging friction.<br><br>
If baby doesn't want to wait, put her on breast A, then massage breast B, which will stimulate a letdown in both breasts.<br><br>
With reluctant nursers, use breast compression at any time.<br><br><a href="http://www.kellymom.com/newman/breast_compression_01-03.html" target="_blank">http://www.kellymom.com/newman/breas...ion_01-03.html</a>
 

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Before I can even get him latched on I'm POURING milk... ARG! Wish it would take a few minutes, personally cause I'm so new to this breastfeeding thing, and both of us end up soaked! I get the giggles seeing poor little Micah with milk all over his face. He's too cute... LOL <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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When my breasts are engorged I can let down before she even latches on, sometimes all DD has to do is brush her lips over me just once! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">:<br>
But, on normal occassions it takes about 15 seconds. I always figured that was pretty fast, but reading that anything between 10 to one minute is normal makes me feel better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 
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