The let-down reflex combines the milk production and the milk supply system to allow the milk to flow out of the breasts quickly and freely.
The baby will not get enough nutrition without a good working reflex and milky supply will slow over tiem.
During the reflex you can feel a tingling sensation in the breasts and milk can drip from your chest. Many women who are pregnant for the first time feel this only when the baby is three to four weeks old. Some women never even feel the tingling. When the reflex improves, the milk can even start to flow as soon as it's feeding time or when you hear a baby crying.
Signs of a functioning reflex
Signs that indicate that the let-down reflex is not working properly
Factors that delay or stop the let-down reflex
Consult your lactation expert if you need help!
Techniques that promote the let-down reflex
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