What Can Potentially Inhibit Let-Downs? - Legendairy Milk

What Can Potentially Inhibit Let-Downs?

By: Sabrina Granniss, IBCLC


2 min

How many let-downs do you typically experience in a given feed or pump session? 

As breastfeeding moms, we often experience various challenges during feed or pump sessions. One of the most crucial yet elusive elements is the let-down reflex. It can be frustrating when let-downs are not occurring as expected, and you're left wondering what to do. In this blog post, we'll explore the common factors that may inhibit let-downs and discuss various techniques to promote this essential reflex, helping you make the most of each feed or pump session.                                                                                                                                        

Factors Affecting Let-Downs: Several factors can impact the let-down reflex during breastfeeding or pumping. Some of these include:

  • Stress and fatigue
  • Cold environments
  • Pain or discomfort
  • Poor suckling from the baby
  • Using an ill-fitting flange
  • Excessive caffeine consumption
  • Smoking
  • Previous breast surgery
  • Untreated thyroid conditions     

Effective Techniques to Stimulate Let-Downs: Discovering what works best for you is key to eliciting a let-down. Here are some methods you can try to help you get your milk flowing:                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Massage: Gently massage your breasts before and during feeding or pumping to stimulate milk flow.

Apply heat: Use a warm compress or take a warm shower to help relax your breast tissue and encourage let-down.

Deep breathing exercises: Practice deep breathing and visualization techniques to help you relax and release tension.

The Feher Guide: Consider using the Feher Guide, a proven method for achieving successful let-downs by incorporating relaxation and visualization.

Create a comfortable environment: Listen to your favorite music or watch your favorite show to distract and calm your mind.

Simultaneous nursing and pumping: Nurse your baby on one breast while pumping on the other to help stimulate milk production.

Nipple stimulation: Gently rub or roll your nipples between your fingers to encourage the let-down reflex.

Shoulder massages and back rubs: Enlist the help of a partner or use a massaging tool to relieve tension in your shoulders and back.

Herbal remedies: Explore the use of herbs such as Goat's Rue, Milk Thistle or Fennel, found in Liquid Gold, to help promote milk production.

While every breastfeeding journey is unique, understanding the factors that can inhibit let-downs and experimenting with various techniques can help you achieve more successful feed or pump sessions. Remember, what works for one mother may not work for another, so be patient and keep trying different methods until you find the perfect combination that works for you.   


Very helpful, Thank You!
Legendairy Milk replied:

Debbie Chalk

Fun not so fun fact. Especially when baby is impatient 😩
Legendairy Milk replied:
That’s a lot of pressure!😅


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