7 Ways to Achieve a Faster Milk Let-down (when pumping breast milk or nursing your baby)
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How to achieve a FASTER Milk Letdown
Ah, the elusive letdown. Whether you’re pumping and nothing’s coming out, or baby is fussy at the breast because milk just isn’t flowing like she wants, this article is for you!
Over the years and across the span of three breastfed kiddos, I’ve exclusively pumped, pumped part-time, and exclusively nursed. (Over 54 months and counting!)
I know how frustrating it can feel when you need your milk to flow but it just won’t come out!
That’s why I’m spilling all my secrets for achieving that wonderful letdown FASTER.
First things first, you might be wondering…
What is a milk let-down?
Contrary to when life lets you down, a milk letdown is actually a good thing! A milk “letdown” is when your breast milk starts flowing.
What happens when my milk lets down?
When your baby latches on and starts to suckle, or when you start pumping, nerves in your nipple send a signal to your brain to release oxytocin. This oxytocin causes “let-down” and also widens the milk ducts, making milk flow freely. (Source.)
How does milk let-down feel?
Some moms can’t feel any difference when their milk lets down. Others, it feels like a tingling sensation in their breasts. For some, it may feel like a heaviness or a fullness. The sensation usually lasts anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes.
How do I know when my milk has let down?
If you can’t feel a let-down, there are other signs you can look for. If you’re nursing, usually your baby will take longer, more rhythmic sucks rather than short, quick sucks. (You may also see milk in the corners of his mouth!)
If you’re pumping, you’ll know your milk has let down when you see (or hear!) the milk spraying out rather than just dripping.
How can I achieve faster milk let-down?