How do I get the milk flowing?
A let-down moves milk from the milk sacs in the breast, where it is made, into the milk ducts and toward the nipple. It is important for effective breastfeeding and expressing. Many mothers have a let-down shortly after starting to express and have multiple let-downs during a session. Mothers who are not expressing effectively may need to increase and strengthen their let-downs. To do this, mothers need to make sure they are comfortable when expressing. They can stretch, relax, and block out noise. They may be able to stimulate a let-down by smelling the baby’s head, by looking at the baby, or having their partner stroke their back. They can try a warm compress on their breast or stimulate it with massage. They can adjust their techniques and use breast compressing or power expressing or consider switching from manual expression to pumping or vice versa.