Breast Feeding


Specialized muscles having sphincteric action surround the ducts in the breast, which cause the milk to flow, when the baby suckles. In some mothers lack of tone of these sphincter muscles causes a continuous ‘leakage’. Using pieces of clean cloth in the brassiere is the obvious solution. These must be changed frequently. Don't worry about wasting a lot of milk. Although you are losing enough to stain and smell, the volume is very small. Comparing the amount with the total daily output may be a consolation. Since the reflex affects both breasts at the same time, while the baby is feeding at one breast, milk also flows from the other. A mother can press one finger over the unsuckled nipple, this will considerably reduce the leaking from the unsuckled breast. Leaking usually lessens as time passes.

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