LET DOWN REFLEX ✨

Your baby’s suckling at your breasts/chest triggers the let-down reflex (or milk ejection reflex).
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Your baby starts by triggering tiny nerves in the nipple causing hormones to be released into your bloodstream.
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One of these hormones, called Prolactin, acts on the milk-making tissues.
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The other hormone, Oxytocin is released from your pituitary gland in your brain which then causes the breast/chest to push out or ‘let down’ the milk.
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The let-down reflex makes the milk in your breasts/chest available to your baby.
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Cells around the alveoli contract and squeeze out the milk, pushing it down the ducts towards the nipple.
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Oxytocin also makes the milk ducts widen, making it easier for the milk to flow down them.

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