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Breastfeeding: Over-Active Let-Down

Over-Active Let-Down

Although most babies with breastfeeding difficulties have problems related to getting enough milk, a few have the opposite problem - handling too much milk. Some mothers have such a strong let-down that the baby cannot handle the volume of milk.

If your baby chokes, gags, pushes off of the breast a minute or two after beginning to feed, an over-active let-down may be the cause.

Most babies do learn to handle let-down as they mature, but until then you might take the baby off the breast until the milk flow slows. Try using only one breast each feeding. Some mothers find it helps to position the baby so that the back of her throat is higher than the nipple, so that the milk has to "travel" uphill during a let-down, which slows the flow. Another option is to try pumping through the let-down immediately before a feeding.

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