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I've been nursing my baby for 10 months now.  The past week my let down is either a. not happening b. taking a lot longer to happen c. slower flow than usual.  This is causing baby to become fustrated and me to become anxious.  We are not ready for our nursing journey to end and am hoping you may have some suggestions to help me me get through this and get back to our normal.  I'm still producing enough (over supply) so I know this not this issue.  Any advise is very much appreciated!  Thank you!

Dear Victoria,

First, congratulations for giving your baby the best start in life by breastfeeding!

As for what's happening now, first take a look at your life and your baby's life. What is different? Are you working longer hours or changing your life in other ways so that you are more fatigued? Is your baby teething or suffering from sniffles or some other condition that may be interfering with interest in nursing? Are there changes in your family life besides the two of you? Very often other non-nursing factors have a strong impact on the  nursing pattern you have developed together.

If you have a breastfeeding-friendly support group in your community (like a La Leche League chapter), you might go to a meeting and see what other mothers who have gone through a similar experience can recommend.

Meanwhile, it's wonderful that you still have an ample supply of milk, so keep nursing! In fact, try adding extra feedings to your schedule to get your milk flowing faster again.

This is probably a temporary situation, so the most important thing you can do for yourself and your baby is NOT TO WORRY! Just take it as one more instance of how life rarely continues the same way for a long period of time, but undergoes certain changes from time to time. We have to learn to go with the flow (even when it sometimes slows down!)

Good luck!

Sally Wendkos Olds
Author, THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING: Olds & Marks, 4th edition, September 2010, published by Workman Publishing, and available in most public libraries, bookstores & La Leche League chapters. Also available as an e-book.  


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What do you want to know about breastfeeding? I can tell you what`s good for the baby, what`s good for the mother -- and the father, how it`s related to a woman`s sexuality, how working moms can nurse, how to overcome obstacles, and lots more. As the author of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING and author or coauthor of 8 other books and more than 200 articles about child and adult development, I can offer sound, sensible advice on breastfeeding, child care and family issues.


I nursed my 3 daughters and am the grandmother of 5 breastfed children. My book THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BREASTFEEDING (written in consultation with pediatrician Marvin S. Eiger, M.D.) was first published in 1972, and in 1999 came out in an updated 3rd Edition by Workman Publishing & Bantam Books. It is now a classic, with over 2 million copies in print. I am now revising this book for a fourth edition, consulting with pediatrician Laura M. Marks, M.D. This new edition will be published September 2009. I welcome any and all suggestions for the new edition. I coauthored college textbooks A CHILD'S WORLD: INFANCY THROUGH ADOLESCENCE, and HUMAN DEVELOPMENT; both are leading texts in their fields and have been read by 2 million students. I am the coauthor of HELPING YOUR CHILD FIND VALUES TO LIVE BY and RAISING A HYPERACTIVE CHILD, and author of THE WORKING PARENTS' SURVIVAL GUIDE & THE ETERNAL GARDEN: SEASONS OF OUR SEXUALITY. My newest book, A BALCONY IN NEPAL: GLIMPSES OF A HIMALAYAN VILLAGE, published in 2002, tells the story of the way of life in a remote village in Nepal, where all the women breastfeed! My book, SUPER GRANNY: COOL PROJECTS, ACTIVITIES, AND OTHER GREAT STUFF TO DO WITH YOUR GRANDKIDS, will be published March 2009. I speak often to professional, parent and general audiences and make many radio and TV appearances.

Credentials I received my B.A. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, where I minored in Psychology, was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude.

Other points of interest I have received national awards for my writing, and am a former president of the American Society of Journalists & Authors. I am listed in the World Who's Who of Women, International Authors & Writers Who's Who, and Contemporary Authors, and am a member of several professional and civic organizations. I believe: that all parents are working parents; that parents employed outside the home need special support; that mothers' well-being is crucial to their children's welfare; and that the family is the best institution in the world and the one for which we are least prepared. My thrills come when parents or kids tell me they were helped by my writing or speaking or just understanding. To find out more about me, go to

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