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Old 11-20-2007, 11:17 AM   #1
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Painful letdown?

This is baby #3 (she's almost 7 weeks old) for me and I've never felt this before. When my milk lets down (during a feeding or by itself) it HURTS...I mean it REALLY hurts! I asked my Dr. about it and he's said he's never heard of it before. My DH suggested I ask here. Anyone? It's the feel of letdown but so intense that I almost double over holding my boobs to relieve it. I'm not engorged, I do have overactive letdown (isn't that what it's called when milk comes out really fast?) but I had it with my other two as well and it didn't hurt like this, I don't have an infection or thrush and it only hurts when my milk lets down. HELP!

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Old 11-20-2007, 11:25 AM   #2
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are you sure its not thrush? where does it hurt at?
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I used to get recurrent mastitis, and the painful let down was always my first clue...eek mama, that's a bad feeling!
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:29 AM   #4
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My letdown always "burns". I have no problems, no thrush nothing. Sometimes it's worse than others, but it happens every time on both sides. It's been painful enough to make me lose my breath and curl my toes. I just grin and bear it because it's always over as quick as it started.
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I had an extremely painful letdown for months..with both my children. I still feel it, but its not really hardcore like it used to be. It was super normal for me...I used to have to grab my breast when it would happen...I also had an overactive letdown..

Unless you start having more issues, I wouldn't worry about it. Mine went away and so did the over active letdown(that or my son got better at handling the flow)...
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I also have painful letdown with over active letdown. Some times it's better then others.
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Old 11-20-2007, 11:39 AM   #7
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Me too. I don't have overactive letdown, but it is painful every time to the point that I need to put hard pressure on my breasts to relieve the pain. Hubby's gotten used to it, but it's a pain when I'm out in public to have to grab my breasts!!!
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:43 PM   #8
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are you sure its not thrush? where does it hurt at?
I'm sure, I've struggled with that for AGES with DS #2. No other symptoms of thrush and this has been happening since birth with her. I wondered at first though.

It hurts right in my breast. I'm not sure how to explain it except the tingling of letdown is INTENSE and painful. Sharp and stabbing pain. Does that even make sense?

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I used to get recurrent mastitis, and the painful let down was always my first clue...eek mama, that's a bad feeling!
When I was at my Dr appointment last week he said that he'd worry about mastitis if it hurt more than just during let down. Did yours hurt all the time or just during let down?

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My letdown always "burns". I have no problems, no thrush nothing. Sometimes it's worse than others, but it happens every time on both sides. It's been painful enough to make me lose my breath and curl my toes. I just grin and bear it because it's always over as quick as it started.
Like you said, sometimes worse than others and toe curling pain. My dr. said he'd never heard of this before...strange.

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I had an extremely painful letdown for months..with both my children. I still feel it, but its not really hardcore like it used to be. It was super normal for me...I used to have to grab my breast when it would happen...I also had an overactive letdown..

Unless you start having more issues, I wouldn't worry about it. Mine went away and so did the over active letdown(that or my son got better at handling the flow)...
She's starting do do great with the letdown and I'm really hoping it will ease up over time. It's not going to stop me from nursing, it's just a PAIN!

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I also have painful letdown with over active letdown. Some times it's better then others.
Glad to know I'm not alone. I was beginning to wonder if I was just strange!

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Me too. I don't have overactive letdown, but it is painful every time to the point that I need to put hard pressure on my breasts to relieve the pain. Hubby's gotten used to it, but it's a pain when I'm out in public to have to grab my breasts!!!
LOL...that's what I do, too. Quite embarassing in public when I grab myself in a knee-jerk reaction then look to see Joe-Shmoe staring at me like I'm crazy.

Thanks for the replies! If there's something I need to worry about I hope someone will let me know...other than that...I'm glad I'm not alone!
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Old 11-20-2007, 08:43 PM   #9
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Re: Painful letdown?

I've had it with all 3 - just too much too fast. My first 2 kids could handle the volume and speed but my 3 couldn't. That's when I found out that not everyone curl there toes and want to scream when their milk comes in. I also have the added bonus of an occasional second let-down during feeding. It never lasts long, does improve to a degree on its own. With the 3rd baby we realized we had an issue as he kept choking (literally turn blue choking) we had all sorts of consultants and specialists poke/scope/probe him and in the end my painful letdown was the symptom that led them to a diagnosis. The treatment was slowing the flow.
We were given many ideas to slow the flow down - which dramatically decreased the pain of letdown. Block feeding was probably the biggest impacting change for painful letdown. It didn't affect supply but decreased speed. You may want to try block feeding (same side for say 3 hours, not switching between feeds) It decreases stimulation enough to slow the flow - also had some success with nipple shields. I hope it helps. You are definately not alone - really surprise your Dr has never heard of it happening! I know lots of women that can relate. Good luck! It can get better.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:59 PM   #10
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Re: Painful letdown?

Just a quick note, my LO is waking up.

I've been getting this lately, it almost feels like a cramp in my breast. I'm just getting this for the first time, and my baby is almost 5 months, but I've been working for months to increase my supply since he's underweight. I think it has to do with having a large amount of milk and the ejection part of letdown.
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