It probably isn't taking ages to let down-it's more than likely a combination of your supply settling and also after a certain age very few ladies feel their let down physically. I personally don't think any baby would wait around for 15 minutes if they weren't getting something during that time. Xx
When Maria was about 4 months old it would take longer for my milk to let down, I think it was because I was stressed so I couldn't relax enough. I had painful letdown so I did know when my milk was letting down. But it was a phase that passed eventually.
I very rarely feel my let down now, but thats more of a recent phenomenon. When I did notice that it was taking a while I would try to relax, focus on LO's face while she was feeding etc....Also I read somewhere that visualising waterfalls can help! I have done that too.
I think that you can psych yourself out sometimes- if you become to aware of BF and start thinking about things you can over-analyse. Try to relax!
Stress is huge. If you can't relax, your body will have a hard time letting milk down. Hormones can play a role, too.
When I'm having let down issues, I find it helps if I will myself to relax, let all my body muscles go slack (except those used to support LO in my arms), close my eyes, breathe deep, even breaths, hum a lullaby to LO, and even mentally visualize my milk letting down.
I agree with the others on stress preventing a decent let down. Sometimes I don't have a 'real' break at work where I can pump in peace and when I feel rushed it takes forever to get a letdown...if I get one at all. When I do get a let down, I can definitely feel it however! Maybe I'm in the minority on that one.
Also, growing up on a farm, when we would have first-time heifers come into the barn to be milked for the first time after having babies they would often be very anxious and have a hard time letting their milk down. Often we would have to get a shot of Oxytocin in order to be milked.
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