Research Confirms Baby's Cries Trigger Breastmilk Letdown

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Hygeia II Medical Group has found new research showing what many breastfeeding moms already know: the sound of their crying baby can trigger milk letdown. Hygeia breastpumps feature a unique "cry button" which allows the mother to record her own baby crying, and then play back the sound before pumping so she can trigger the letdown.

Mothers tell us that the pump's ability to 'cry' or play back other sounds is helpful for milk letdown and efficient breastpumping.

Hygeia II Medical Group has found new research showing what many breastfeeding moms already know: the sound of their crying baby can trigger milk letdown. Letdown or "milk ejection reflex" is critical for transfer of the breastmilk from the breastfeeding mother to baby. Conventional thinking has postulated that the baby's suckling leads to the letdown, but this newly discovered study shows that the crying of the baby triggers a letdown in most mothers BEFORE suckling begins.

This paper was published by McNeilly, et. al. in the British Medical Journal. It demonstrates that the initial rise in maternal oxytocin, the hormone associated with birth and breastfeeding, is caused by cues from the baby such as crying, as opposed to actual suckling. This implies that baby's cues are critical to milk letdown, and that the use of a crying stimulus may enhance breast pumping.

Hygeia breastpumps feature a "cry button" which allows the mother to record her own baby crying, and then play back the sound before pumping so she can trigger the letdown. This pump feature is called "C.A.R.E"., an acronym for Customized Audio Recording Experience.

Other pump companies have attempted to elicit milk letdown after pumping begins. Only Hygeia offers mothers a way to stimulate the milk letdown with auditory cues like crying before pumping begins. Hygeia CEO, John Estill says, "Mothers tell us that the pump's ability to 'cry' or play back other sounds is helpful for milk letdown and efficient breastpumping."

The study by McNeilly, along with other supporting documents, is available as free downloads on the website. http://www.hygeiababy.com/support.php

About Hygeia - Mother's Milk… The Promise of Health™
At Hygeia, our mission is to support breastfeeding. We named our company after the Greek goddess of health. We believe that mother's milk is a timeless promise of health which only breastfeeding moms bring to their babies. Hygeia products are made by professionals who have a depth of personal and industry experience in breastfeeding and who share the vision to create a different kind of breastfeeding-products company. Hygeia excels in providing breastfeeding moms with a wide variety of quality products at affordable prices.

For more information on Hygeia, visit http://www.HygeiaBaby.com or dial 888 PUMP-4-MOM (888-786-7466) or 760- 918-0339.

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