Jefferson University Hospitals

Over-Active Let-Down

Over-active let-down simply means that you are producing too much milk for your baby to handle. While many babies learn to handle let-down as they mature, for newborns, it may cause choking or gagging and having your baby push off your breast after only a minute or two of feeding.

If this occurs, consult Jefferson's obstetricians and gynecologists. Our international board-certified lactation consultants (IBCLCs) of the Childbirth Program/Parent Education are experienced in dealing with many breastfeeding difficulties and can suggest remedies, such as taking your baby off the breast until the milk flow slows or pumping through the let-down immediately before feeding.