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Old 09-03-2006, 01:34 PM   #1
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Overactive letdown

I have overactive letdown, and I was wondering: DOes it ever stop? I had been doing everything to get it to slow down (2 weeks of the nursing uphill stuff) and after about 2 days of switching back to the cradle hold, my daughter is making the clicking noises again. As well as choking. Did we just need more time? Help?

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Old 09-03-2006, 06:57 PM   #2
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Re: Overactive letdown

Talk to your doc first of course, but a few doses of Pseudophed (sp) can slow down milk production. It shouldn't have too much affect on baby and the only major affect it has on a nursing pair is milk supply dropping. It is the safest otc a mom can take for cold. Of course please consult your doc.
I also used cold compresses. Check out boobytubes on Earthmamaangelbaby.com . these are perfect for this. hth
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Old 09-03-2006, 07:35 PM   #3
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Re: Overactive letdown

I have a rapid letdown and eventually DD just caught up with it. She had a very painful latch for a long time though and gagged and choked. During colic I had to pump my letdown then put her on the breast, that worked well but it was hard to do with a toddler running around.
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Old 09-03-2006, 10:24 PM   #4
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Re: Overactive letdown

I forgot to mention that psuedofedrine will not slow down an overactive letdown, but just cut your milk supply.
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Old 09-03-2006, 11:08 PM   #5
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Re: Overactive letdown

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I have a rapid letdown and eventually DD just caught up with it. She had a very painful latch for a long time though and gagged and choked. During colic I had to pump my letdown then put her on the breast, that worked well but it was hard to do with a toddler running around.
That was pretty much us, except we managed to avoid colic this time and DD is more easy going. For a few weeks she would gag and cry when let down happened, but after a month or so she figured it out and it's been fine since. Good luck!
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Re: Overactive letdown

I have an OAL and hyperlactation, and what has worked for me is to block feed (he nurses three feedings on one side before I switch). It takes a few days before it irons out, but eventually it helped control my supply.

Also, can you feel when you letdown? (Tingly or a sudden fullness in the nipple) Some women can, some can't--but if you can, I always pull him off right as I feel the tingle, and I catch that initial spray in a blanket--then I relatch him.

Lastly, I did notice a difference a *little* once he was about 3.5 months old (recently--he'll be four months this Thursday). Between 2-4 months, your milk supply changes from hormonal to supply/demand, and you may see some relief at that point (if you're not there yet, I forgot how old your baby is).

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Old 09-04-2006, 12:02 PM   #7
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Re: Overactive letdown

Mine started to even out around 3 months (right after a nasty case of mastitis). But even before then, ds had figured out how to deal with it unless I was super-full for some reason. He would just let the extra milk that he couldn't handle drip right back out of his mouth.

I would tuck a prefold into my folded down nursing bra under whichever breast he was on to catch all the extra milk - otherwise I'd have to change not only my bra, but my pants as well - that's how much milk we were talking!
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Re: Overactive letdown

oh man! so sorry! oald not oversupply the problem here. I really should stop posting when so tired. Please forgive me and diregard the poor advise I gave. unless you have oversupply too.
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I have an OAL and hyperlactation, and what has worked for me is to block feed (he nurses three feedings on one side before I switch). It takes a few days before it irons out, but eventually it helped control my supply.

Also, can you feel when you letdown? (Tingly or a sudden fullness in the nipple) Some women can, some can't--but if you can, I always pull him off right as I feel the tingle, and I catch that initial spray in a blanket--then I relatch him.

Lastly, I did notice a difference a *little* once he was about 3.5 months old (recently--he'll be four months this Thursday). Between 2-4 months, your milk supply changes from hormonal to supply/demand, and you may see some relief at that point (if you're not there yet, I forgot how old your baby is).

I just wanted to say ditto!! this is what worked for me as well... still have probs now and again, but not like before - good luck!
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Old 09-04-2006, 10:03 PM   #10
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Re: Overactive letdown

my dd use to choke too - but i also noticed a change around 4 months I think she was able to drink faster and the supple started to slow down too. I remember asking my friends about it and they thought I was wierd having so much milk - they couldn't even understand how a cloth breast pad wouldn't work for me for even half a feeding before my shirt would be soaked. Hopefully it settles for you in the future.
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