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Compression Breastfeeding

Posted by Kami Gallaher on

The purpose of breast compression is to continue the flow of milk to the baby when the baby is only sucking without drinking. Drinking (“open mouth wide—pause—then close mouth” type of suck) means baby got a mouthful of milk. If baby is no longer drinking on his own, mother may use compressions to “turn sucks or nibbling into drinks”, and keep baby receiving milk. Compressions simulate a letdown or milk ejection reflex (the sudden rushing down of milk that mothers experience during the feeding or when they hear a baby cry—though many women will not “feel” their let down). The...

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