My milk stopped letting down completely, and I can only feed him when I'm full, or he's half asleep.
And even then it takes a little while to start up. I have to pump and cannot even do it before nursing because it will still just stop flowing.
It's incredibly stressful and saddening. It breaks my heart. My baby became sad and insecure, so I spent more time skin to skin, and it helped him.
But I don't have enough milk supply, and when I get it up, I can't keep it up. Not being able to nurse him makes it nearly impossible. And it's exhausting plus feeding him, entertaining him and rinsing everything every time in hot water.
It's all pumping, and it hurts after a while. It's draining. And then there's no way I can nurse him when I have little or no milk.
Sometimes I let him try just to reassure him but have the bottle at hand when he gets frustrated. And I feed him with his cheek to my breast.
Sometimes he puts in the effort and latches on for a while, and it works. I also have to supplement, and after drinking a small amount, he rejects it after nursing or after good breast milk.
I need to see a lactation consultant because this is killing me. I wish there were more on the internet to help. I found out, to begin with, my menstrual cycle was drying up the milk, and it got better from there but still isn't good.
The times we can breastfeed naturally and successfully are the best most gratifying parts of my day, other than when he's awake and talking and smiling.
If you are struggling, feel better. Stay positive; I'm with you. Never give up, It's the best and most important thing for your baby. I have hope things will get better.
Also a trick for when the milk comes out and starts spraying, you can put a little pressure covering the nipple, and with a cloth it covers it better because of the wetness, press in just a little (not too much or the pressure can force the flow to stop if you're like me especially) and it will stop the dripping and spraying. I usually always drip from the opposite side once the milk starts coming out and it ends up a wet spot on the baby's side. Not cool. Just in case you didn't already know this. There are my two cents.
Thanks, Jessica (21yrs) and Myles (3mos next week)
I have milk flow for the first five minutes, and after that, there is no milk coming. After five minutes of pumping again, there is milk flow... So Baby is not drinking after first five minutes. So every time I pump n feed the baby. He is five months old. Please provide a solution.
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. It is making me somewhat discouraged. It often takes 30 mins when during the day only takes 3-5min any suggestions. Baby and I are getting frustrated.
After seven weeks of having a painful letdown at least half of my son's feedings, I decided to do some research.
I waited so long because I thought it was an adjustment phase, and it has been five years since my daughter was a baby. I came across overactive letdown, and things made sense.
He would choke, get sprayed if he unlatched, had watery poos (not green or frothy), was VERY gassy, and often cried for what seemed like no reason for hours some days.
Not only did the letdown info make sense, but I learned that most women with OALS also produced too much milk, which was often accompanied by foremilk/hindmilk imbalance.
I fall into those categories too. I discovered this a few days ago, and have since started trying to follow some of the ways to correct the imbalance and overproduction.
I have noticed so far, that my letdown has become less intense, but I am still dealing with the rest of the issues. I am glad to have found such informative sites that not only offer helpful suggestions, but let me know that I am not the only one with this problem, and things can get better for both of us.
Wow....I mean Wow. I wish every OB-Gyn, and Pediatrician had your website and La Leche League...I have been asking questions about my let down, and everyone only said, it will get better with time. This is so much better.
My baby has all the above symptoms. When my milk comes down...It is like majorly spraying everything. She is sprayed every time she releases. She chokes, she clicks.
It is like you have a camera here!! Thank you. I am going to keep looking at the other things on this website...Just didn't want to leave without leaving a comment.
Thank you again. Will tell others...Thanks. PS. I am trying to wean her off of me. I will read that section for anyone reading...as soon as my daughter lost her umbilical cord and was able to turn her head without assistance. I put her to sleep on her stomach; I waited until about two months old. She woke at night, before that every two hours on her back, after that she woke up 6-8, then 10 hours.
At about three months, she started to flip her self on her back and would wake her self up. She still does...so now she wakes up at all different hours at night... don't know how to teach her to keep sleeping. I have tried to teach her to flip back on her stomach, but all she does is flip back on her back and smile!! Help.
I had a bad issue of leaking breasts. And I had tried many types of nursing bras, but they weren't helping.
Then I got to know that I needed to start wearing tops that were also padded. I got to know about morph maternity wears that were padded and affordable.
I got them through online shopping. Morph Nursing Bras are very comfortable, and the fabric is so soft. They have made nursing a much easier and pleasant experience for me. Their nursing tops are also great. I can nurse discreetly without exposing my belly.