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QOD: I don’t feel my milk letting down while nursing. Does that mean I am not producing milk?

Not at all! Many women don’t feel a milk let-down.

While many women can sense when their milk is letting down (usually by feeling a tingling sensation in the breast or by seeing milk leaking from the opposite breast), others definitely do not—and that is normal, too! Lacking this sensation is no reason to automatically assume that you aren’t producing milk or that you have an issue with low milk supply.

For women who don’t sense a let-down, there are a few things you can look for to make sure your baby is in fact getting milk. Here are the easiest ones to watch for:

  • A change in suckling patterns—from quick, short sucks to long, slower ones where swallowing is heard—is a great indicator that your let-down has happened
  • Seeing milk at the corner of your baby’s mouth
  • Hearing the sound of gulping as your baby happily feeds
  • Suddenly feeling relaxed
  • Noticing milk leaking from the opposite breast
  • Feeling an increase in uterine cramping or a temporary increase in vaginal bleeding (usually in the first few days right after delivery)

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