Friday, November 12, 2010

Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

Have you heard of D-MER?

That's okay, until recently I hadn't either.

"Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex is a newly recognized condition affecting lactating women that is characterized by an abrupt dysphoria, or negative emotions that occur just before milk release and continuing not more then a few minutes."

Many women experience this, but are unaware there is an explanation and treatment available.  They may feel embarrassed and afraid to tell others what they're going through.

D-MER is thought to be caused by a dopamine drop that happens just before milk let down.  If dopamine levels drop too much, it can cause these strange negative emotions.

There is treatment available through both prescription and natural methods, including diet, homeopathy, massage therapy, supplements, herbs, and other treatment options.  All of these treatments are meant to help increase dopamine levels and stabilize a breastfeeding woman's emotions.  Even taking encapsulated placenta is thought to help ease D-MER.  Some treatments may work better than others, and some women may respond better to certain treatments compared to others.  I would personally recommend prescription medication as a last resort after other methods have been tried.

Please help spread the word!  If you or someone you know is experiencing this troubling problem, please seek treatment!

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