Much like pregnancy, labor, and pretty much all of motherhood, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to breastfeeding. For some moms it comes easily, with no pain or bumps in the road. For others, it's a continual struggle. Whether it's issues with latch, let-down, milk supply, or something else, struggling to nurse your baby is disheartening. If your milk can't seem to flow quick enough, there are several helpful ways to deal with slow let-down that are proven to work in most moms to help speed up that pesky let-down reflex.
According to Very Well, the let-down reflex is triggered by the release of oxytocin in your brain, causing the milk to release from your breasts to your baby. Without this reflex, your baby will only receive what is known foremilk and not get enough hindmilk, which contains the majority of the fats, proteins, carbs and vitamins, the same article states.
It's important to note that you may not always feel your let-down reflex, which many moms describe as a pins and needles tingling according to Parents. This makes it even harder to know how quickly or slowly its happening. Looking for changes in your baby's sucking and swallowing patterns is a good way to note when your let-down happens.
Despite your concerns, most let-down issues can be resolved with a little bit of relaxation and trying a few of these tips to get your milk flowing.