by jennifer

Help! My baby is 6 months old.

I am having trouble with let down at night time over the last few weeks. I know I am an over supplier of milk so that is not the issue.

I am engorged at that time and still let down takes forever. Its is making me rather discouraged. It often takes 30 mins when during the day only takes 3-5min any suggestions. Me and baby are getting frustrated.

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Sep 06, 2012
Let down reflex
by: Zelda Behr

I can see that this might be a huge problem as all mom's want as much sleep as possible at night.

Things that might cause this include...

* Stress or PPD the more you worry about the let down the worse it will get.

* Large amounts of alcohol.

* Smoking while breastfeeding.

* Certain Medication.

Here is some things you can try to help...

* Breast compressions: Place your breast between your index and middle finger while baby is latched and gently squeeze the breast while moving the fingers towards the nipple.

* Try pumping a bit before a feed.

* Look at your baby, touch baby's hair and snuggle a bit the "love hormone" Oxytocin is released and this helps with let down.

*Remember to relax.

More on the let down reflex here...


Hope this helps.

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