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April 13th, 2008, 06:24 PM
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Several times in the past few days I have felt my milk let down and it really hurt. Baby was not nursing any of these times. A couple times I was talking about breastfeeding right before it happened so I don't know if that got things going or what, but why would this be happening and WHY does it hurt?
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April 13th, 2008, 07:07 PM
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I get this, or something similar, all the time. It is totally random - no pattern, not talking about breastfeeding, or even thinking about my son ... no babies crying nearby, no kids around at all sometimes. Just out of the blue, all of a sudden my breasts will get a painful pins and needles sensation that is particularly uncomfortable. I figure it's my letdown; I don't actually feel letdown when I'm nursing, but it's the same feeling as I get before I start leaking on occasions when I DO have a crying baby or something similar nearby. The closest thing to a pattern I've noticed is that it often happens about 2 hours after I've nursed/pumped (I pump or nurse every 3 hours, so an hour before I'm "due").

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April 13th, 2008, 07:42 PM
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I'm totally guessing here but I would think it might have something to do with oversupply or overactive letdown. I have an overactive letdown myself and this happens to me, usually every 2 hours if I haven't fed my son yet. It hurts!
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April 13th, 2008, 09:17 PM
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I always have had a more painful letdown, even now it's very intense. I would letdown between feedings when I leaked, so you will probably notice leaking when it happens. A lot of new moms leak, but I agree, it is likely because of oversupply and and overactive letdown. It's something that usually corrects itself though within the first few months as your supply establishes.
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April 14th, 2008, 09:28 AM
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Same here! Its amazing how just talking about a baby, our boobs, anythign remotely close will trigger it too!


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April 14th, 2008, 11:33 AM
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This happens to me all of the time!!! Its like an electric shoch, LOL! It is uncomfortable.

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