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How to Know if Your Breasts Are Empty After Nursing

Although a woman's breasts are never truly empty after nursing, they will feel less full, lighter and appear smaller, says Laurie MacLeod, certified nurse midwife at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center. “The nursing mother should watch for signs that the baby is full, such as slower sucking and pulling off the breast,” says MacLeod. Sufficient "emptying" of the breast will trigger the body to produce more milk, so offering your baby the breast often and for as long as she wishes to suckle will enhance your supply.

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