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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 12:37 PM   1
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When does milk come in?


Kind of a weird question, but when does milk come in and how will I know?

I've been curious as my boobs are getting bigger and bigger... and I've been putting off buying new bras.

Also when is a good time to buy maternity bras? After baby? Once milk comes in?



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 12:40 PM   2
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Mine came in either 3 or 4 days pp. you'll know when it comes in because you'll be engorged and in lots of pain. Buy a new bra whenever you feel like you need to. With my first I bought new brad during pregnancy and after he was born. I got all nursing bras, but this time I just got a regular bra about a week ago. I'm hoping when my milk comes in the ones I bought previously will still fit.

I would recommend buying a few sleep ones before lo is born, those were most comfortable in the early days and then I also had a few that were like sports bras, but had a little flap that came down so I could nurse. Just go to motherhood, they'll set you up



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 12:52 PM   3
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Mine comes in about 3 days post baby, but you might leak colostrum after being preggy a few months. Never hurts to have breast pads on hand!

Right now ive jumped from 34b to 34c to 34dd. Im still wearing the same sport bras. Maybe you will also like sport bras for the time being? Ive had luck with keeping them longer as long as my band size doesnt change. I dont have much experience with maternity bras though.



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 13:37 PM   4
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Milk comes in after birth. My first engorgement was approximately 24 hours after my C-section, but it was still 4-5 days until I had mature milk coming out rather than colostrum.

As far as when the breasts start to fill with colostrum, I must say that I noticed a change about 1 week ago. I am 14+5 today. I was pumping for DD until I got my BFP (9 DPO), and within 2 days of stopping the pumping my boobs deflated, the let-downs stop, and I had one awful clog that I had to work out. After that clog was gone, my breasts were like deflated bicycle tires. So sad.

Suddenly, one week ago, I started having letdowns at random times during the day--in fact I'm having one right now as I talk about letdowns, and am actually leaking. My breasts began to grow again, are no longer deflated, and I noticed (TMI) crusted colostrum on my nipples which I have to remove constantly.

So, in answer to your question, breasts can leak/grow/feel milky early on in pregnancy. In my case, it's more of a re-lactation, so that may be why I'm having let-downs now. But milk truly 'comes in' only after birth, when the huge drop in progesterone signals prolactin to make the heavy duty production begin.



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 13:45 PM   5
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I don't really know why boobs get bigger in pregnancy tbh, partly because your chest capacity expands but other than that I don't know as the milk doesn't properly come in till after the baby is born a few days usually, it's only colostrum before which is minuscule.

Boy do you know it when it does come in though!!



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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 14:04 PM   6
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I don't really know why boobs get bigger in pregnancy tbh, partly because your chest capacity expands but other than that I don't know as the milk doesn't properly come in till after the baby is born a few days usually, it's only colostrum before which is minuscule.

Boy do you know it when it does come in though!!
From what I understand it is a combination of swelling in the tissue due to higher blood volume and swelling in the glands to produce colostrum and make sure everything is in working order, like natural checks and balances. I also think some of it is from the hormonal changes that cause baby (tissue) to grow because some of it can be permanent. Mine haven't grown all that much this pregnancy (thank god) and I went from only being a comfortably full in my bra to being a little tight. Not even a full size. It varies from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. With my first, I went up a size and never went back down.



 
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I don't really know why boobs get bigger in pregnancy tbh, partly because your chest capacity expands but other than that I don't know as the milk doesn't properly come in till after the baby is born a few days usually, it's only colostrum before which is minuscule.

Boy do you know it when it does come in though!!
From what I understand it is a combination of swelling in the tissue due to higher blood volume and swelling in the glands to produce colostrum and make sure everything is in working order, like natural checks and balances. I also think some of it is from the hormonal changes that cause baby (tissue) to grow because some of it can be permanent. Mine haven't grown all that much this pregnancy (thank god) and I went from only being a comfortably full in my bra to being a little tight. Not even a full size. It varies from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. With my first, I went up a size and never went back down.
Ah I see thank you. Yeah it's been exactly the same for me, I went up 2 sizes last time but I'm still in my pre-pregnancy bras so far this time.



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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 14:39 PM   8
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I bought new bras first time at 10 weeks! My milk also came in on the 4th night after giving birth



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 14:43 PM   9
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Okay so I have a question that could kinda go in with this thread...if the milk does not really come in until after birth (and many are saying a few days after birth) does the colostrum for sure come in before baby needs to nurse?? This is my first pregnancy and I want to breastfeed...but am just wondering after reading this thread if little one will even be able to nurse in the very beginning if there is nothing to nurse on????

Sorry if it seems like a silly question...but just curious...figured it couldn't hurt to ask Thanks...



 
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Old Aug 6th, 2013, 14:47 PM   10
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For the first few days after birth you have colostrum which is like a clearish yellowy fluid, it's not huge quantities but is incredibly nutrious for your newborn. When people talk about your milk "coming in" this is when the colostrum changes to proper milk - this happens around 3 days after birth. When your milk comes in it's a fast flow and your boobs get bigger still and start to feel very full when you haven't fed baby for a while.

During pregnancy you may get some leaking but it's just a tiny bit, you won't get big wet patches on your top or anything.

I didn't need breast pads until my milk came in - I did need them then!

Bras - get maternity bras in pregnancy if you feel you need them, you might not. I would recommend nursing bras for straight after the birth, for the first few weeks I just wore the sleeping nursing bras as they were super comfy and easy to use. Nursing bras have an extra flap and strap so you can reveal your nipple for baby without getting too much boob out basically - discreet easy access lol. Practice using one before the birth.



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