What is dysphoric milk ejection reflex (D-MER)?
‘A fairly rare condition which can affect some breastfeeding women.
D=Dysphoria which is defined in the Macquarie Dictionary as a state of dissatisfaction, anxiety, restlessness or fidgeting
MER= Milk ejection reflex (the ‘let-down’)
D-MER is characterised by negative emotions, that occur seconds before a mother’s milk ejection reflex when breastfeeding or expressing or with a spontaneous MER (ie milk releasing when not breastfeeding or expressing).
D-MER is very different from Postnatal Depression (PND) or an anxiety disorder. D-MER is associated with negative emotions only with a MER.’
What does D-MER feel like?
• Emotional upset
• Something in the pit of the stomach.