These particular hormones are produced more during the nighttime than during the day, therefore, feeding at night is especially effective in helping with the speed at which breastmilk is produced. If the infant feeds less often, lower amounts of milk will be produced; the more frequently an infant feeds, the larger the amount of milk will be produced (as the level of milk producing hormones are at their highest during feeding and up to around 30 minutes after feeding has ended). After that, the hormone levels drop and level off within 3 hours on average. Regular feeding will ensure that hormone levels remain high and cause the breasts to produce milk continuously.
Anything affecting the mother’s physical or emotional comfort can result in milk not flowing as well as it should, and the infant not receiving enough milk. Therefore, whenever feeding takes place, the mother should try to relax as much as possible.