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Breast Feeding

For prolactin level

08/16/2004

Question:

What happens when prolactin level is low ?

Answer:

I'm not really sure what your question is asking.

Prolactin is a hormone produced by the anterior pituitary gland. The purpose of prolactin is to initiate lactation. The level of prolactin increases throughout pregnancy, but lactation does not occur because estrogen and progesterone prevent it from binding to the breast tissues. Following birth the levels of estrogen and progesterone drop, and prolactin levels increase based on infant suckling. Prolactin levels are highest while lactation is being established. Once lactation is well established prolactin production decrease, but will continue above baseline levels until breastfeeding is discontinued.

If you are trying to breastfeed and have a low prolactin level, you need to discuss this situation with you health care provider, who is familiar with your unique situation.

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Response by:

Tina   Weitkamp, RNC, MSN Tina Weitkamp, RNC, MSN
Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati