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Is it normal for my breasts to leak every time I hear a baby crying?
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Dr. Julia Sundel
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It should get better with time and with frequent breastfeeding.

In brief: Yes
It should get better with time and with frequent breastfeeding.
Dr. Julia Sundel
Dr. Julia Sundel
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Yes, it is normal.

In brief: Yes
Yes, it is normal.
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
This is very normal.
Everytime you hear your baby, (and in the beginning other babies!) it can stimulate release of the hormone oxytocin that causes let down of the milk in your breasts- leading to leakage. The more frequently you nurse the more attuned you will become to your baby's sounds and the less likely you will be to leak when around other babies.

In brief: Yes
This is very normal.
Everytime you hear your baby, (and in the beginning other babies!) it can stimulate release of the hormone oxytocin that causes let down of the milk in your breasts- leading to leakage. The more frequently you nurse the more attuned you will become to your baby's sounds and the less likely you will be to leak when around other babies.
Dr. Laura Webb
Dr. Laura Webb
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Dr. Natalie Hodge
I had a terrible problem with this when I was nursing since I'm a pediatrician when I was at my office baby visits! Any baby can trigger you to make milk!
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Your let-down reflex is very strong - and totally normal.

In brief: Yes
Your let-down reflex is very strong - and totally normal.
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
It is common for a breast feeding mom to release milk (let down reflex) when she hears her baby, or even another baby, cry.
This generally becomes less of a problem the longer you are nursing. It is caused by release of oxytocin in response to the baby cry. Wear absorbent breast pads in your bra when you need to to prevent milk leaking onto clothes.

In brief: Yes
It is common for a breast feeding mom to release milk (let down reflex) when she hears her baby, or even another baby, cry.
This generally becomes less of a problem the longer you are nursing. It is caused by release of oxytocin in response to the baby cry. Wear absorbent breast pads in your bra when you need to to prevent milk leaking onto clothes.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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Dr. Janesta Noland
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Baby's crying stimulates areas of your brain that produce hormones which stimulate breast milk production.
These same responses can be triggered in other ways (looking at a picture of your baby, thinking about the baby) that can be harnessed to achieve more productive pumping!

In brief: Yes
Baby's crying stimulates areas of your brain that produce hormones which stimulate breast milk production.
These same responses can be triggered in other ways (looking at a picture of your baby, thinking about the baby) that can be harnessed to achieve more productive pumping!
Dr. Janesta Noland
Dr. Janesta Noland
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Absolutely, this is how it works! crying is one of the most powerful stimulants of breast milk production.
In short - babies are supposed to cry - it helps breast milk production and is a healthy part of the cycle.

In brief: Yes
Absolutely, this is how it works! crying is one of the most powerful stimulants of breast milk production.
In short - babies are supposed to cry - it helps breast milk production and is a healthy part of the cycle.
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Daniel Rudolph
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Yes it is. There is a natural response of let down with nursing moms when they hear a baby crying.
The body knows that a hungry baby will cry and therefore wants to be ready to nurse as soon as you hear crying.

In brief: Yes
Yes it is. There is a natural response of let down with nursing moms when they hear a baby crying.
The body knows that a hungry baby will cry and therefore wants to be ready to nurse as soon as you hear crying.
Dr. Daniel Rudolph
Dr. Daniel Rudolph
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Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
When a baby nurses, the milk "let-down" occurs only after your brain releases oxytocin, a hormone that prompts the milk ducts to contract.
This hormone can be released whenever your body senses the baby is ready to nurse, whether she is suckling at the nipple, or just crying. Oxytocin can also make the uterus contract, which is why nursing mothers may feel contractions around the time they nurse.

In brief: Yes
When a baby nurses, the milk "let-down" occurs only after your brain releases oxytocin, a hormone that prompts the milk ducts to contract.
This hormone can be released whenever your body senses the baby is ready to nurse, whether she is suckling at the nipple, or just crying. Oxytocin can also make the uterus contract, which is why nursing mothers may feel contractions around the time they nurse.
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
Dr. Kevin Rodbell
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Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
This annoying event happens when many moms start breastfeeding.
It typically becomes less of a problem as your breasts mature into making milk. Wearing bra pads (not plastic lined!) i learned that wearing patterned shirts helps hide leaks that get through the pad, since i hear crying babies all day at work!

In brief: Yes
This annoying event happens when many moms start breastfeeding.
It typically becomes less of a problem as your breasts mature into making milk. Wearing bra pads (not plastic lined!) i learned that wearing patterned shirts helps hide leaks that get through the pad, since i hear crying babies all day at work!
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
Dr. Kristen Stuppy
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Dr. Syed Masood
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Agree with all of the above.

In brief: Yes
Agree with all of the above.
Dr. Syed Masood
Dr. Syed Masood
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Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
Particularly if you recently gave birth.
There are certain stimuli that cause the milk to let down. One is the anticipation of the baby's hunger which may be demonstrated by his crying.

In brief: Yes
Particularly if you recently gave birth.
There are certain stimuli that cause the milk to let down. One is the anticipation of the baby's hunger which may be demonstrated by his crying.
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
Dr. Irwin Berkowitz
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
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...Much easier to clean. I couldn't add to all the great answers. This seems to be practical advice.

In brief: Yes
Yes. It becomes a powerful reason to be sure everything you wear is wash and wear..
...Much easier to clean. I couldn't add to all the great answers. This seems to be practical advice.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
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