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What is the let-down reflex during breastfeeding?

The let-down reflex (also called just “let-down” or the milk ejection reflex) happens when your baby begins to nurse. The nerves in your breast send signals that release the milk into your milk ducts. Let-down happens a few seconds to several minutes after you start breastfeeding your baby. It also can happen a few times during a feeding. You may feel a tingle in

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How can I make more breastmilk?

To increase your milk supply, you should always try to remove the milk completely from your breasts. You should do this quickly and often so that less milk builds up in your breasts between feedings. To better empty your breasts, follow these tips: Use breast massage and compression. Offer your baby both breasts at each nursing. Pump after nursing if your baby does not

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What can affect how much breastmilk I make?

You may make more or less milk, depending on: How completely milk is removed each time you breastfeed. An empty breast means better milk production. How often you nurse or pump to remove milk. The more often you empty your breasts, the more milk your breasts will make. The amount of milk your breasts store between feedings. If your breast stores too much milk

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What if my breastmilk supply goes down?

If you don’t feel as “full” as you did in the first few weeks of breastfeeding, you may worry that you are not making enough milk for your baby. Typically, after a few months of breastfeeding, a mother’s body learns to make the right amount of milk for her baby. At this time, a mother’s breasts may no longer feel “full.” Also, the baby

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