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Breastfeeding Issues Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
1st Jun '13

So its been pretty hot today so of course baby boy has been wanting to eat a ton more then usual but for some reason every time I feed him I have a really bad let down and it chokes him so he screams.. he's 12 weeks now and I'd say were pretty well established with breastfeeding so that almost never happens anymore.. any ideas what's going on? Its really upsetting me because I hate that I can't feed him without choking him :(

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
1st Jun '13

Try nursing him more upright, so that the letdown goes against gravity

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
1st Jun '13

Can you feel when you have let down? If so, unlatch him and let yourself spray a little into a washcloth so you don't choke him, then relatch. I had this problem, too.

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
2nd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Allissa Specht:</b>" Try nursing him more upright, so that the letdown goes against gravity"</blockquote>




I tried this and it didn't help. My boobies just wanted to be a water hose or something lol.



I just sprayed into a washcloth til my supply leveled out.

Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
2nd Jun '13
Quoting Allissa Specht:" Try nursing him more upright, so that the letdown goes against gravity"


Like sitting up? Cause I was sitting up every time.

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
2nd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sarina McCallister:</b>" Like sitting up? Cause I was sitting up every time."</blockquote>




More like you laying down and baby laying on top of you... just make sure baby is above your nipple, if that makes sense?

Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
2nd Jun '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" Can you feel when you have let down? If so, unlatch him and let yourself spray a little into a washcloth so you don't choke him, then relatch. I had this problem, too."


I can't feel it . Occasionally I feel them but especially today I don't at all.

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
2nd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sarina McCallister:</b>" I can't feel it . Occasionally I feel them but especially today I don't at all."</blockquote>




Lucky! I had painful letdown. Lol.



So when he starts to get too much, remove him and then relatch.

Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
2nd Jun '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sarina McCallister:</b>" Like sitting up? Cause I was sitting ... [snip!] ... More like you laying down and baby laying on top of you... just make sure baby is above your nipple, if that makes nse?"

Ohhhh ok. Ill try it I like that position anyway :)

Sarina McCallister 2 kids; Washington 51 posts
2nd Jun '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sarina McCallister:</b>" I can't feel it . Occasionally I feel ... [snip!] ... Lucky! I had painful letdown. Lol. So when he starts to get too much, remove him and then relatch."


I used too! It was like needles but lately I don't feel it! And I have been unlatching him but I'm still what's causing this all of a sudden?

Kim ♥ 2247517922 2 kids; Colorado Springs, Colorado 26777 posts
2nd Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Sarina McCallister:</b>" I used too! It was like needles but lately I don't feel it! And I have been unlatching him but I'm still what's causing this all of a sudden?"</blockquote>



He is needing more milk (hence the cluster feeding/nursing often) and your breasts are responding by making more milk... but they haven't found the balance yet.



As for the letdown pain being mia, idk. I'm sure there is an explanation that I don't have lol. Maybe your breasts have adjusted to the letdown or something?

raptor mommy saves 1 child; Berlin, Germany 792 posts
status 2nd Jun '13

I had the EXACT same problem at 3 months. DS even went on a nursing strike cause he choked too often :( (and it was hard to get him back to nurse). It went away after my supply regulated, it just went completely crazy during the 3 month growthspurt.

Allissa Specht 35 kids; Essexville, Michigan 5426 posts
2nd Jun '13
Quoting Kim ♥ 2247517922:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Sarina McCallister:</b>" I used too! It was like needles but ... [snip!] ... mia, idk. I'm sure there is an explanation that I don't have lol. Maybe your breasts have adjusted to the letdown or something?"


Not everybody will feel the letdown. And, sometimes you may feel it, sometimes you won't. I don't feel it always. Sometimes it is really painful, sometimes it's just tingly.