Dysphoric milk ejection reflex: A case report

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Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex (D-MER) is an abrupt emotional "drop" that occurs in some women just before milk release and continues for not more than a few minutes. The brief negative feelings range in severity from wistfulness to self-loathing, and appear to have a physiological cause. The authors suggest that an abrupt drop in dopamine may occur when milk release is triggered, resulting in a real or relative brief dopamine deficit for affected women. Clinicians can support women with D-MER in several ways; often, simply knowing that it is a recognized phenomenon makes the condition tolerable. Further study is needed. © 2011 Heise and Wiessinger; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.




Heise, A. M., & Wiessinger, D. (2011). Dysphoric milk ejection reflex: A case report. International Breastfeeding Journal, 6. https://doi.org/10.1186/1746-4358-6-6

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