Milk ejects during lovemaking

I am now 8 months pregnant and the last time my husband and I made love and I reached orgasm, some colostrum leaked from my breasts. Is this involuntary action normal? I have heard that during sex when breastfeeding milk will be ejected by the breasts. Is this true, or an old wives tale? Will it actually spray involuntarily? How long does this last?

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The hormone, oxytocin - often referred to as the love hormone - is released during orgasm and may cause your milk to eject. This often surprises a new mom and dad as they make love - but, it is very normal (and involuntary.)

Milk does not eject with orgasm for every woman. Some women and their partners will not even notice the few drops of milk that begin to leak at orgasm, while other women will flow (or spray) like a fountain. Spraying of your milk at orgasm is more common in the early weeks and months of nursing, though it can happen at any time during lactation - especially when your breasts are full. Some couples enjoy this new element in their lovemaking.

If you want to reduce the chance of milk spraying at orgasm, nursing your little one just before you begin making love can help. This can also help to keep your breasts more comfortable, and should give you a bit more uninterrupted time alone together.

If your milk does spray, you might want to have a towel within easy reach to catch the spray of milk. Best wishes in mothering!

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