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What one Mother didn’t know about breastfeeding!

Posted by Micaela Owen on

If you are an expectant parent there are some things that you won’t know until you are there in the moment.
Believe me … there are ‘things’ that you didn’t even know were ‘things’ before becoming a parent.

We often learn valuable lessons from other people’s stories.
This story of first-time mother, Jasmine, is no exception.

Jasmine recently welcomed her little boy Sam into the world.
As a first time mother she was doing her very best at ‘breastfeeding’.
Breastfeeding can be a challenge at the beginning for every new baby and it’s mother. With breastfeeding there is so much to learn about your baby, your nipples and the best latching method for your baby. However, there isn’t much thought about what happens to the breast you aren’t feeding from at the time of a milk let-down.

Jasmine had just started breastfeeding her baby when she realised her other breast was becoming drenched. She initially thought that Sam had done a huge pee but after checking realised that this was not the case. At the time a friend (who had 2 little ones) was visiting so she could tell Jasmine that it was caused from a milk let-down.

What is a milk let-down?
A milk let-down is a natural reflex that allows milk to easily flow through your nipple. This let down usually occurs at the beginning of the feed, however can continue throughout the feed time. When a milk let-down occurs your breasts will usually tingle, have a sense of fullness and milk may start dripping from the breast not being used. Sometimes when your baby has slept passed a feed time you can also have a let-down.

With this new found information Jasmine learned 2 things that day:

The Australian Breastfeeding Association has some great information about all things breastfeeding including milk let-downs. You can read more about milk let-downs here https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bf-info/early-days/let-down-reflex

Feel free to share as this may help someone you know.

BellaBott Mama

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