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Elena Donovan Mauer on Mar 13, 2013 at 7:16PM

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Just What the Heck Is "Letting Down?"

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a Elena Donovan Mauer on Feb 18, 2011 at 12:31PM

You've probably heard friends talk about their breast milk "letting down" and the "let down" sensation -- and had absolutely no idea what they were talking about. "What is this 'let down' everyone talks about?" you might think, "and how will I know when it happens to me?"

Simply put, the breastfeeding "let down" feeling is a totally normal tingling, rushing sensation that many moms feel as their milk starts to eject. (Some women find it relaxing, some say it feels like pins and needles and some actually find it to be more of a painful, deep ache. And some don't experience the sensation at all.) If you've got a super-abundant supply of breast milk -- lucky you! -- the let down sensation may be more uncomfortable. But if you think your let down is too forceful (your baby may have trouble handling the flow), you may want to talk to a lactation consultant.

 

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