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The lactation process

 

Lactation is a natural and fascinating process.

> Milk production is both constant and on demand:

Constant because lactation never stops, and on demand because it comes when the baby is put to the breast.

> Lactation works under the influence of two hormones discharged by the pituitary gland:

Prolactin, which causes the production of milk, and oxytocin, which only sets in at the moment of feeding and triggers the let-down (milk ejection) reflex. Oxytocin is known as the "cuddle hormone" because it make us want to bond.

> Even if you feel like your breasts are empty, as soon as the baby begins feeding, the lactation process and let-down reflex kick in.

> There's no need to worry about your ability to breastfeed. The size of your breasts has nothing to do with your ability: big or small, all breasts can feed a baby.




  
  


Parenting Editor
2011/05/19
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