milk ejection reflex


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milk ejection reflex

A reflex stimulated by suckling and mediated by oxytocin in which milk is moved from the breast alveoli into the milk ducts.
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Poulain, "The milk ejection reflex in the pig," The Journal of Physiology, vol.
Oxytocin, also released in response to the suckling stimulus, promotes the milk ejection reflex and emptying of the breast; however, it is the actual removal of milk from the breasts, in a constant favourable hormonal environment, which controls milk production.
The 'milk ejection reflex' or 'milk let down' is responsible for expelling the milk from the alveoli into small ducts leading to the nipple.
Despite Lawton and Kesaniemi stating that these levels would not affect the infant, it should be noted that these levels are higher than that in many of the studies found to inhibit the milk ejection reflex (26,30,38-40) (evidence level Mennella (40)--NHMRC III-1), higher than the level at which motor development in the infant was affected, (43) and higher than that recommended by the Institute of Medicine (evidence level--NHMRC V, expert authority).
In animal and human studies alcohol has been shown to disrupt the hormonal control of lactation by decreasing the milk ejection reflex through the inhibition of oxytocin.
The milk ejection reflex is triggered by oxytocin and the placenta is delivered by oxytocin release (Odent).
* A good indicator of oversupply is the infant's reaction when his mother has a Milk Ejection Reflex. An infant should be able to handle the flow of milk easily.