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Surge of happiness before pumping breastmilk?

Has anyone experienced this? Right before i start pumping i get this weird overwhelming feeling of happiness, to the point where I'm on the verge of tears. It only lasts a few seconds. My milk starts to express right away and then the feeling subsides. I dont particularily enjoy pumping itself but this happens to me before every single session. I know oxytocin is responsible for milk let-down but I haven't heard of anyone else going through this.

  • Anonymous
    Mar 13

    Not quite the same, but when I returned to work I did notice that (despite common advise) videos of my crying/feeding baby didn’t help my milk let down. Looking at pictures of her calm and happy or playing did! I always assumed it was because hearing her cries made me feel stressed and on alert rather than relaxed, which is how I felt when feeding her directly.

  • Megan
    Mar 20

    I start laughing and get surges of happiness when my daughter is nursing and I have a big let down! I thought it was strange too but just thought I’d let you know you’re not the only one!

  • Mimi
    Mar 20

    Thanks! I'm glad I'm not the only one, although it's weird that I mostly feel that way when I start pumping and not so much with nursing... And I also need to be relaxed to be able to pump. Hearing a baby cry actually makes me feel stressed and milk just won't come out, no matter how full I am.