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Dd is 2 months old. Unless she's pretty sleepy, she refuses to comfort suck on my breast, instead wanting a pinky finger. I think the reason is that I have a very quick and strong let down, and she just doesn't want any more milk (a typical nursing session lasts maybe 5 minutes, and she's full). I think the fast part is the biggest part of the issue... She can handle the flow pretty well.<br><br>
Does anyone know how to slow down a quick let down? Or other tricks to get her to comfort suck on the breast rather than my pinky?
 

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Ds wasn't much of a comfort nurser when he was teeny. I just didn't sweat it (as he was eating when he was hungry) and now at 15 months he is a HUGE comfort nurser! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
As for the quick let-down, I don't have any personal experience with this, but I remember reading that you can try lying on your back and nursing and that can help.
 

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Over-active Milk Ejection Reflex (OMER) is something I've been dealing with. I found all sorts of suggestions on how to deal with it (in other words, how to make it easier for your baby) from the LLL web site, from kellymom, and from some other places (can't remember them all). The main suggestion is to make sure your baby is higher up than your breast. This means the milk has to flow up--thereby reducing the impact of the ejection (or let-down). Also side-lying nursing is good for OMER because the milk sort of seeps sideways instead of gushing out, downward. If your ejection is really forceful, you can try popping baby off the nipple after the first few minutes and allowing the milk to spurt into a diaper or a burp cloth (I never did this). This gets past the first bit of the let down and makes the rest of the feed more manageable for the baby. You should also burp the baby often as OMER can cause the baby to gulp a lot of air.<br><br>
I was going to add something else but I have forgotten what it was...perhaps it will come to me later.<br><br>
Why does the pinky sucking bother you? I don't think I'd mind...
 

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Just read what the previous poster wrote and wanted to let you know that I've read nursing on your back can cause clogged ducts, so do this only sparingly. I did it once, sort of by accident. I had my sweet baby on my tummy/chest and he grabbed the nipple and latched on before I could stop or encourage him.
 

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I just feel silly, sitting there with my pinky literally right next to my nipple, and she's just sucking away, but won't transfer to 'the real thing.' I suppose there are worse problems to have<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
All the advice I keep finding is for when the baby can't handle the milk flow, or oversupply. I don't *think* either of those is too much of an issue here, just that I'll have almost constant letdown from the time she latches on and so she doesn't get a chance to suck without getting a mouthful of milk.
 

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I see what you mean--you're not dealing with OMER, your baby just wants to suck without getting milk...and I've got one suggestion. I did read about one new father who participated in the care of the new baby by providing the pinky for the baby to suck when she was done nursing. At the time I thought why in the world would the baby need a pinky when the boob is right there? But now that you've explained your situation, I bet that mother/baby had the same problem. Perhaps your could get your DH or DP to be the provider of the pinky? Might provide some good bonding time for the non-milk-producer.<br><br>
My baby did learn to comfort nurse when he is done nursing for nourishment. It can be annoying, as especially at night he can go on for quite a long time! (Which is why I said I didn't think I'd mind the pinky sucking thing but I see your point.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> He gets himself situated so that he is not really latched, but still has the nipple firmly in his mouth (I cannot pull it out without breaking the suction, something I hate doing) and he still moves his chin/mouth, but he isn't sucking anymore. I do not see him have to swallow when he does this. Maybe your baby will learn this eventually, too?
 

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My baby has NEVER been a comfort nurser either. I wish she would more, so that she could stimulate me to make more milk. She sucks her own fingers, LOL I do understand your situation but I have NO help for you. Hopefully someone could give a little help. BTW my dd is now 17 months!!
 

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My son was like that too, it was quite a shock after my DD who would nurse around the clock.<br><br>
Many a times DS would cry and cry, would not nurse but would pinkie suck (it was sometimes the only thing that calmed him down).<br><br>
Sometime around 5 months, I believe, he started comfort nursing and now will comfort nurse <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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my ped said to let the let down flow out, then when it's done, to put the baby back on. My baby choked when I had let downs until she was 2 mos. So I had to do this several times...
 

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My son used to do that too. He would nurse to sleep and wake up 1/2 hour later b/c i got up. He wanted to nurse back to sleep but was full and didn't know yet how to suck w/o getting milk (he's figured it out). I used to hand express one side into a cloth diaper until it no longer squirted, just dripped and then put him on again. He was generally okay then
 

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i love it... as soon as i ask a question, the problem seems to go away... (i hope i'm not jinxing anything here...) she's been comfort nursing all yesterday and today, woohoo!! I guess she just learned how...? or realized that it was a good thing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 
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