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Breastfeeding, estrogen, hormones, low levels of estrogen, menopause -

During pregnancy, circulating levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone rise to prepare your body for lactation. After you give birth, however, levels of these hormones drop as your body increases production of prolactin. As levels of this lactation-inducing hormone increase with decreasing estrogen levels, high estrogen levels after you give birth may make it difficult for you to breastfeed your baby. Estrogen and Prolactin In a typical pregnancy, estrogen levels rise to promote the development of milk ducts in your breasts. While high estrogen levels help to prevent you from lactating during your pregnancy, they also trigger the...

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