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How to Increase Oxytocin While Breastfeeding

Low Milk Supply Sep 6, 2022

Also known as the Love Hormone, the benefits of having Oxytocin released in your body are amazing!

What is Oxytocin? 'It is a peptide hormone and neuropeptide normally produced in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary. It plays a role in social bonding, reproduction, childbirth, and the period after childbirth' - Wikipedia Oxytocin meaning.

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When Is Oxytocin Released?

This hormone is found in the brain, in the ovaries of women, and in the testicles of men. It is mainly released during three significant life events: lovemaking, birth, and breastfeeding. But it is also released through tender, loving touch. This Oxytocin hormone plays an essential role in bonding between a mother and her baby and between two people in a loving relationship.

Oxytocin is responsible for a let-down while breastfeeding. In other words, it helps a mother's milk to flow. It also helps a mother's uterus return to its original size after giving birth.

A single dose of Oxytocin can decrease headaches; for some people, it can make the pain go away entirely after just four hours. So before you take medication for your headache, experiment a little with one of the following ways to release that magical hormone and see if it brings you some relief.

How to Stimulate Oxytocin Release

Cuddling & Skin-to-Skin Contact

Skin-to-skin contact has many benefits, but one of these is the release of hormones that promote breastfeeding. Oxytocin is released when a mother and baby are touching; in fact, a mother may experience a rush of Oxytocin when she hears, sees, or even thinks about her baby.

Read all the incredible benefits of skin-to-skin contact, attachment parenting, and kangaroo mother care.

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Learn about baby massage and how it can benefit the mother and the baby.

Oxytocin Drug

An artificial form of Oxytocin called Pitocin can be prescribed by a doctor and taken as an Oxytocin nasal spray. It is usually taken just before pumping and breastfeeding to promote let-down and increase milk flow.

Oxytocin Function & Benefits

  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Improves Sleep
  • Helps with the Bonding Process
  • Relieves Pain
  • Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.
  • Increases Empathy, Trust, and Generosity
  • Reduces Fear
  • Improves your Mood
  • Strengthens the Immune System


Tracy Behr

Mom of two, breastfeeding helper, and lover of all things natural! Studying a breastfeeding counselor course via Childbirth int. & plant-based nutrition via the Nutrition Inst.

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