Fast Let-down

Stephanie - posted on 11/24/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have a really fast let-down and ofter end up choking my son whilst feeding him. I don't want to use nipple shields, has anyone else had this problem and know any ways of stopping it?

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Minnie - posted on 11/24/2009

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I have a very fast letdown even though my daughter is 13 months old. If she unlatches when I have one, milk will go shooting across the room, lol.



The good news is that as babies grow they become more adept at handling your flow. In the mean time there are a couple of things you can try. Positioning: nurse your son while lying on your back with him facing towards you on your belly. You can also sit him up as much as possible while nursing him in your lap. Both positions force your flow to go against gravity and can make it easier for him.



You can also try this: latch your baby on and then when you get a let down unlatch him and let the milk flow into a cloth (or your nursing pad in your bra) and once it slows to drips you can latch him back on.

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TIA - posted on 08/20/2013

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Position baby so that she is nursing “uphill” in relation to mom’s breast, where gravity is working againstthe flow of milk. The most effective positions are those where baby’s head and throat are above the level of your nipple. Some nursing positions to try:
Cradle hold, but with mom leaning back (a recliner or lots of pillows helps)
Football hold, but with mom leaning back
Elevated football hold – like the football hold, but baby is sitting up and facing mom to nurse instead of lying down (good for nursing in public).
Side lying position – this allows baby to dribble the extra milk out of her mouth when it’s coming too fast
Australian position (mom is “down under”, aka posture feeding) – in this position, mom is lying on her back and baby is on top (facing down), tummy to tummy with mom. Avoid using this positioning frequently, as it may lead to plugged ducts.



Burp baby frequently if she is swallowing a lot of air.
Nurse more frequently. This will reduce the amount of milk that accumulates between feedings, so feedings are more manageable for baby.
Nurse when baby is sleepy and relaxed. Baby will suck more gently at this time, and the milk flow will be slower.
Wait until let-down occurs, then take baby off the breast while at the same time catching the milk in a towel or cloth diaper. Once the flow slows, you can put your baby back to the breast.
Pump or hand express until the flow of milk slows down, and then put baby to the breast. Use this only if nothing else is working, as it stimulates additional milk production. If you do this, try to express a little less milk each time until you are no longer expressing before nursing.

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Try expressing a little before you give it to him, this allows the flow to slow a bit and the best milk is at the end anyhow, so you don't have to feel bad..... I used to start pumping one side (or held a bottle there) so that while it was shooting out, I at least put it to good use :)

Farhana - posted on 11/25/2009

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I had the same problem. Not only would I choke the baby but when she'd pull away the milk would spray in her face and in the beginning i was so clumsy it took me a while to move her face out of the way.
Best thing that worked was that I kept two cloth diapers handy and as soon as she would unlatch i would slide the cloth on the breast and try to express a little in the cloth. Another thing you can try is to pump some milk right before nursing. That way your son will get the thicker milk as well, which is very good for them.
good luck, :)

Brenda - posted on 11/24/2009

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Yup, same here, super fast let down. I thought I was going to drown him the first two months. Good news is they get used to it. Sometimes, he will unlatch and it sprays everywhere, and I tell him he's silly (he's grinning at the time) to make the milk let down like that an not drink it. He's also triggered a let down then unlatched just to let it drip/spray into his mouth without working for it, lazy little boy. Like LIsa said, get a towel, if he starts to unlatch, let it spray for a few minutes then latch back on, and he should be good the rest of the feed.

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