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Episode 41: Understanding Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) with Lo Mansfield
I found this episode very interesting because the topic is something that I never experienced and haven’t heard much about, even as a member of the medical community. As a labor and delivery postpartum nurse, Lo Mansfield joined me to discuss Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex. It wasn’t until she was experiencing D-MER herself that she learned what it was like to feel strong emotions of sadness while breastfeeding.
D-MER is a condition that can affect some women who are breastfeeding. It causes dysphoria, or a state of feeling unhappy, right before your letdown. These feelings don’t last more than a few minutes, but can be difficult to manage. It is said that D-MER is caused by the drop in dopamine that occurs during letdown.
Lo is a wife, mama to 3 and an RN in Denver,CO who has spent her career in L+D and PPM nursing. She is passionate about all things maternal and fetal health, as well as ensuring that women know that they have a voice and they are allowed to use it in these seasons!
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