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June 26th, 2012, 09:23 PM
KiwiMommy's Avatar Ashlynn's Mama
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Yep.. I already have a question.. LOL
With Ashlynn it took a good minute or two of her sucking to get a letdown.
This time, he doesn't even have to LATCH! I unhook the nursing bra and go to feed him and even if he doesn't latch right away I get a (slightly painful, like with Ashlynn) letdown and start pouring milk all over myself. Makes for a rather lazy boy at first since I've caught him just sitting there, mouth on the nipple just gorging himself on the "Free" milk..
Now i'm curious..what is the "norm"...effortless letdown or a letdown that takes work?
I think I'd rather the one that takes work because I keep soaking this poor kid in milk in the middle of the night! I had to change his outfit last night because I had drenched him (and myself!)
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June 26th, 2012, 09:32 PM
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How old is baby?

I find I have similar letdown as you only when I'm engorged. Once my supply evened out it changed.
Every now and then I get engorged and I have rapid letdown and it's sort of a tingling pain.
I drenched made many time and once drenched a rack a clothes hanging in a fitting room at Macy's. Lol
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June 27th, 2012, 05:38 AM
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it should calm down once your supply settles down.
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June 27th, 2012, 07:58 AM
KiwiMommy's Avatar Ashlynn's Mama
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He's only a week old but I swear I don't remember this with Ash. I remember having to sit there for a bit before I'd get a super forceful letdown (poor Ash!)
It doesn't seem AS forceful, though he still has to stop every so often to catch his breath and i start pouring milk all over the place..but at least it isn't shooting everywhere like at his face
I just find it funny how quick I let down now when before it was much harder.
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June 27th, 2012, 08:35 AM
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I sort of had this too the second time around. I think I remember somebody saying you have more milk with subsequent babies? I would let down soooo fast, sometimes even if I hear somebody ELSE'S baby cry! Our bodies are so cool
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June 27th, 2012, 09:15 AM
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I definitely get the painful twitching sort of feeling around a crying baby. Then always find my shirt wet. Lol
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June 27th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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Hahaha, yeah, I'm dealing with this too, including the lazy baby part. She gets letdown quickly and then doesn't even suckle, just gulps it in!

I don't know what is "normal", but I am still engorged and have an oversupply so I deal with it for a while. I know I soaked Kate a lot in the beginning. Just unhooking my bra can get me started too, I think because of the cool air and being un-bound triggers letdown. And yep hearing or even thinking about a baby can do it too. But it will calm down once your supply evens out. I remember when that happened with Kate she got really ticked off at the boobs because she actually had to work for milk, ha!
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