Letdown takes FOREVER to get there

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Letdown takes FOREVER to get there
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Mon, 12-14-2009 - 5:23pm

The most important feed of the day, bedtime, is also the most frustrating for us. Anni wants her milk and wants it now and my letdown takes forever to come. She gets frustrated, I get frustrated and we both end up crying and just plain miserable. I've been giving her ebm in a bottle before bed since Friday. I know it's not a big deal for her to get a bottle, but I'd like nurse her before bedtime. What can i do to speed up the letdown process??



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Registered: 01-12-2006
Mon, 12-14-2009 - 6:38pm

Many women experience a slower let-down in the evening.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Mon, 12-14-2009 - 8:51pm

thanks, I know this to be true as well. I actually sit and think about my milk flowing out with hopes that that would help. No go again today. I nursed her early tho, around 6:30 and was fine, but I gave in at 7:30 and gave her a bottle before bed. In a sense I'm getting that bedtime feed in, just not before bed so to speak. I've always worked nights and never got to put my kids to bed, so I guess this is why I'm making it out to be a bigger deal. I gave her a bottle and put her to bed, all is well-


thanks again


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Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 12-14-2009 - 10:44pm

Unfortunately, the more often you give your baby a bottle even of ebm at bedtime, the more you are signalling to your body NOT to make any milk at that time time of day.

So in future, you will have less milk then. Guaranteed.

Every baby is different, and a lot of babies will cluster feed and have one long nursing session in the evening. It does not mean they are not getting milk. More likely, they are getting a lower volume but fattier hindmilk if they have a very long session then. This can help some babies tank up for the night.

The bottle will not be responding by producing hindmilk later in the feed. It is your choice to do this, but you may be making things more difficult than just organising yourself earlier in the day, so that by evening, you can devote this time to your baby. It will only be for a few months out of her whole life. Not much really.

One of mine ( a big baby!) would nurse for up to three hours, almost non-stop, but then have a good sleep until 4 am or so.

Teresa

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Registered: 01-12-2006
Tue, 12-15-2009 - 10:28am

I just wanted to get back to you w/ my own thoughts on how I might handle your situation.

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Registered: 04-02-2003
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 11:29am

thanks! I've been laying down to nurse about 30 minutes to an hour before bed this week, it seems to have helped. She gets fussy sometimes during the night because it's not coming fast enough (really kid?? it's 2 in the morning I want to sleep?!?!?)


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Registered: 09-10-2009
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 12:21pm

Awesome news, Sue!!!


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Registered: 04-13-2008
Thu, 12-17-2009 - 4:16pm

Sounds like it could have been fussing from overtiredness rather than hunger.

Teresa