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DS is 5 months now, and I just went back to work. He is having bottles of breastmilk during the day, and he gets me from about 3pm on through the night. DP and I have just noticed a pattern...he seems to go to sleep easily and have less gas during the day. At night, he can no longer nurse to sleep because his body flails and thrashes (seemingly gas-related). I know I have a fast let-down because sometimes the milk comes so fast that DS chokes/sputters on the milk. We were starting to wonder if perhaps the BREASTFEEDING is giving him more gas than the bottle. I know this may sound unconventional...and we're totally commited to him breastfeeding.<br><br>
I guess the question is...is there a way to ease the let-down? And do you think that may be related to the gas? (as an aside...we've done so many different things about gas...massage, homeopathy, gas drops, etc.).<br><br>
Thanks!<br><br>
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Yes, it can definitely be related. Try reclining or even lying flat to nurse. That way your milk works against gravity.<br><br>
Also, I've never heard that it could be a problem, but I wonder if pumping might contribute to the problem. I know that I don't get much milk out when I pump, so maybe there's extra in there from during the day while you were pumping that comes out fast at night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">: Does he have problems after you nurse him in the morning, or during the weekends? If not, you might want to see if you can do things to help you let down better while you pump, or maybe pump more during the day while you're separated.
 
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