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Old May 26th, 2011, 05:26 AM   1
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How long does it take for your milk to 'come in'?


Hi everyone!
I've read somewhere that it took this lady 6 days for her 'milk to come in' (or somthing along those words) and her baby was starving.
I am pregnant with my first baby and and hoping to breasfeed but I am abit anxious about what to expect.
Has anyone experienced this? And if yes, what or how do you feed ur baby for those days because I assume you cant express if you have no milk right?
Sorry if this is a dumb or obvious question, but was hoping one of you lovely exprienced ladies can advise.

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Old May 26th, 2011, 05:45 AM   2
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Your body will produce enough colostrum to sustain your baby until your milk comes in. Mine came in on day 3 - it normally takes between 3-7 days for milk to come in I think.



 
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Old May 26th, 2011, 05:49 AM   3
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^ WSS

Your body will know what it needs to do, and it won't allow your baby to starve hun.

Mine came in on day 3 or 4.



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Old May 26th, 2011, 05:50 AM   4
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And its not a dumb question by the way! No such thing about stuff like this.

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Old May 26th, 2011, 05:59 AM   5
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Just something to bear in mind as it happened to me...my baby latched on ok but was too tired/sleepy to suck for long enough (despite blowing on him and pressing his fingers he'd fall asleep on breast). This delayed my milk coming in so I used a pump inbetween feeds to bring it in faster. Any collostrum obtained from expressing I gave to him in a little cup which my midwife gave to me. This really helped so much! Once milk in everything was great!

Hopefully you won't have this problem but I wish I'd have known about it before BFing as I was worried when LO started losing weight.

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Old May 26th, 2011, 06:42 AM   6
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how long do you breastfeed for? is there a cut of age or something?



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Old May 26th, 2011, 06:48 AM   7
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Hi everyone!
I've read somewhere that it took this lady 6 days for her 'milk to come in' (or somthing along those words) and her baby was starving.
I am pregnant with my first baby and and hoping to breasfeed but I am abit anxious about what to expect.
Has anyone experienced this? And if yes, what or how do you feed ur baby for those days because I assume you cant express if you have no milk right?
Sorry if this is a dumb or obvious question, but was hoping one of you lovely exprienced ladies can advise.

Thanks x
Mine took 3 days but everyone is different. before it comes in your body makes colostrum which is like a super concentrated milk, rich in protein and antibodies. you will only make about 5-10mls per feed but your newborns stomach is the size of a marble so thats all they need.

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how long do you breastfeed for? is there a cut of age or something?
As long as you want! There is no cut off age, breast milk continues to be beneficial for as long as you give it and even if you only give 1 feed a day it helps protect the child from illness and infections. The WHO reccomends exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months and to continue to breastfeed along side introduction of solids until at least 2 years although it is ot uncommon for people to feed up to 3 or 4 xx



 
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Old May 26th, 2011, 07:17 AM   8
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Your milk usually starts to come in around 3 days but it takes 2-3 weeks to transition to what is known as mature breast milk and can continue to be a mixture of colostrum and mature milk for quite a few days after it starts coming in, this is fine and normal. Its normal for babies to lose up to 10% of their birthweight within the first week and it can take 2-3 weeks for them to regain it, even FF babies. Very, very rarely a baby doesn't have enough of the stores needed for the first few days; or a mum doesn't produce enough colostrum (and this is rare indeed as they need as little as a couple of teaspoons a day), or the milk takes an unusually long time to come in. In those cases top ups of donor milk preferably or formula if this is unavailable can be given in small quantities under medical supervision just until the milk comes in. xx



 
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Old May 26th, 2011, 11:16 AM   9
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Mine came in on day 3/4 with both of mine.Before that you have colostrum so baby wont starve,but the more your baby suckles at the breast,the more likely it is your milk will come in sooner.

You can breastfeed for as long as you like.I did 22 months with my daughter and im now up to nearly 13 months with my son.See how you feel once youve started.



 
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Old May 26th, 2011, 12:57 PM   10
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For me, milk came on the 5th day. My LO was born via C-section. I was induced and after 2 days, when the labor did not progress, C-section was done. I did not have any food for 2 days while in labor and was not hungry much after the operation. I was producing colostrum though. LO kept crying all the time we were in the hospital. My husband wanted to give some formula to the baby as she looked hungry to him but the hospital did not agree. When the baby lost too much weight for their taste, they decided to supplement. Once we left the hospital and I was back home, within a day I was producing enough milk and then my girl started gaining weight.



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