Poor Let-Down While Breastfeeding

Poor Let-Down While Breastfeeding


Poor Let-Down While Breastfeeding

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Topic Overview

You sometimes may notice that your milk does not flow easily, or let down , when you attempt to breastfeed or use a breast pump. Emotional stress, fatigue, anxiety, smoking, pain, or being cold are common causes of poor let-down.

With poor let-down, you may not experience the tingling and leaking of milk that usually occurs when your milk begins to flow. You may develop sore nipples because your baby has to work harder or you have to pump longer to get the breasts to release milk.

Increasing your comfort and level of relaxation often helps.


Current as of: February 11, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

Sarah Marshall MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

Kirtly Jones MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine