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A 34-year-old member asked:

why do i have the sensations of my breasts letting down (lactating), but i'm not breastfeeding?

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Dr. Touraj Shafai
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Let down and oxytoci: Let down is the result of the release of a brain hormone oxytocin ( love hormone) which acts on the milk ducts in your breasts which ejects breast-milk. If you recently had a baby you have oxytocin release when you see or hold your baby. However if you are not breastfeeding and have not had a baby recently, this feeling would be very unusual and if it continues you may want to consult a physician.

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A 34-year-old female asked:

What herbs can i take to help with lactating AND how can i tell when when breasts are empty after breastfeeding?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Increased lacation: You can increase your milk supply by nursing or pumping more frequently, staying well hydrated and rested, and by supplementing your diet with the herb fenugreek. Normally, women experience empty breasts following a feed as softer and slightly smaller.

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