Let Down Reflex & Breastfeeding | UnityPoint Health - Fort Dodge

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Fort Dodge, Iowa 50501

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What Is A Let Down Reflex?

  • A warm, heavy, tingling sensation that may occur with breastfeeding as breast milk increases and "lets down" to your baby.
  • Cells in the breast begin to squeeze so milk is pushed from the breast to baby.
  • Some mother's feel a let down and others do not feel this sensation.
  • Baby's sucking at the breast or crying, or maternal emotions may cause a let down reflex to occur.
  • Most women will have 3-4 let downs during a single feeding but some never feel them.
  • Stress or anger or fear can stop a let down.
  • If you are leaking at an inconvenient time, stop the reflex with pressure by folding your forearms across your chest and pressing firmly against your breasts and nipples.

Please call the Trinity Birth Center's Lactation Consultant or educator with questions at (515) 574-6052.