What is a Let-Down Reflex?
A let-down reflex or milk ejection reflex is a conditioned reflex that ejects milk from the alveoli through the ducts to the sinuses of the breasts and the nipple. This reflex makes it easier to breastfeed your baby.
Let-down happens a few seconds to several minutes after you start breastfeeding your baby. It can also happen a few times during the feeding. Let-down can happen at other times, too, such as when you hear your baby cry or when you are thinking about your baby.
You may feel a tingle or slight discomfort in your breast, but some women don’t feel anything.
If your milk lets down as a gush and it bothers your baby, try expressing some milk by hand before you start breastfeeding.
Updated January 14, 2022