Milk making is all about hormones
During your pregnancy, hormones have been preparing your breasts to make milk.
After your baby is born and the placenta is delivered, pregnancy hormones drop, allowing the breastfeeding hormones to start working.
Recognising your let-down reflex
There are signs that show your let-down has occurred:
You might have a tingling or sudden full feeling, which can be quite strong, even painful sometimes
Milk might leak from the other breast (let-down happens on both sides at the same time)
You might feel your uterus contract especially if this is not your first baby.
Some mums don’t notice any of these. But a sure sign that you've had a let-down is a change in your baby’s sucking pattern from a quick suck-suck to a rhythmic suck-swallow pattern as the milk begins to flow and your baby starts to suck deeply.
So even if you don’t have any of the signs above, look for the change in your baby’s sucking.
Often, the let-down is more noticeable in the early days or weeks, but later you may find that you don’t notice it so much. If your let-down reflex is slow to happen, there are things you can do to help.
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