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Common Side Effects of an Overactive Let-Down

by Mary Jozwiak, Villa Park, Illinois, USA
from LEAVEN, September-October 1995, p. 69)

We provide articles from our publications from previous years for reference for our Leaders and members. Readers are cautioned to remember that research and medical information change over time

Mother may experience:

  • Strong or even painful sensation when milk ejects
  • Frequent spraying of milk from one or both breasts
  • Excessive leaking
  • More than one let-down per nursing session
  • Repeated mastitis (breast infections)

Baby may exhibit:

  • Fussiness and/or gassiness
  • Frequent stools, often green, curdy and mucusy
  • Gulping, gasping and choking while nursing
  • Excessive weight gain
  • Apparent lack of "comfort" nursing
  • Discomfort when breastfeeding, sometimes so intense that baby goes on strike
  • Possible early weaning (often close to the first birthday, sometimes sooner)
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