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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (North Crossing)

2134 Logan Ave.
Suite A
Waterloo, Iowa 50703

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Prairie Parkway)

5100 Prairie Parkway
Suite 101
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (San Marnan)

1655 E San Marnan Dr.
Suite H
Waterloo, Iowa 50702

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UnityPoint Clinic - Express (Waverly)

101 Cedar River Pkwy
Suite 101
Waverly, Iowa 50677

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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 Allen Hospital's Lactation Consultant with questions at (319) 235-3620.