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Failure of milk let down

Contributor(s): Owen Atkinson, Vetstream Ltd , Sophie Mahendran

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  • Cause: various.
  • Signs: partial or complete absence of milk flow.
  • Diagnosis: clinical examination.
  • Treatment: depends on the etiology.
  • Prognosis: variable.
  • Agalactiae is: the failure of lactation (milk production) after parturition. Agalactiae primary
  • Failure of milk ejection/letdown refers only to the let down process and is the focus of this article.
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  • Various factors may be involved:
    • Hormonal.
    • Stress.
    • Disease.
    • Poorly maintained milking equipment.


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