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How I can be sure my milk is flowing?
By Jo-Anne Lawless, HCA, LC
Q. My first baby is due in July and I was wondering how I can be sure my milk is flowing and if it's flowing enough. Is there a method for determining this?
A. When your baby is latched on properly, you will be able to tell the milk is flowing in a couple of ways. First of all, you'll *feel* it! When the milk lets down at the beginning of the feeding, there will be a tingling sensation like a band across your breasts, and a feeling of relaxation. Not all women feel this as strongly as others, but it is fairly typical. Milk will still be coming once this feeling passes. As the milk flows you will notice that the baby's jaw is "working", particularly just under the ear you'll notice movement. And you'll hear him swallowing. You can trust that your body knows just what to do. Just relax when it's time to nurse. The best sign that your milk is flowing is a healthy happy baby, who will grow at his own rate, nourished with the best you can give him.
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