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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 08:14 AM   1
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When Should We Start Producing Milk??


hellooo

ive been noticing a few posts on here with women who keep having leaky boobs..

ive not leaked yet.. im wondering if this is normal... should i be producing milk now???

if not.. when do pregnant woman start producing milk??? i read on google that women only start producing milk a few days after the birth.. but im confused cause i have seen births were woman breastfeed the baby straight away... hmm im confused..

if anyone could help id be gratefull lol!!

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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 08:18 AM   2
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You dont really start making milk until a after birth, sometimes afew days after the birth.

You might start leaking colostrum earlier than that, but when is anyones guess every one is different.



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 08:20 AM   3
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It varies from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women start shortly after 20 weeks, others not until around 30 or later, and some not until birth. The first milk that a woman produces is the colostrum, which is thicker and stickier than regular milk, and contains a lot more nutrients and antibodies. She produces this for anywhere from several hours to a few days after the birth, so technically google is right about not producing milk right away.

My best friend's milk came in right before she had her first, then with her second, it came in a few weeks before the birth, and now she started around 31 weeks and has had so much leakage she can't stand it.

Don't worry, it will come in eventually, and the sooner it comes in, the more it will annoy you lol.



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 08:21 AM   4
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Yeh i have heard that your dont start producing milk until after, but then i have seen women breastfeeding straight away too & also having leaky boobs in pregnancy so im also confused :s
This morning i found a small wet patch by my boob, dunno if this was milk, am just gonna wait & see if it happens again



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 08:24 AM   5
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The first few days after birth your baby will get breast milk called colostrum. It's the first milk until your breasts produce the 'real' milk.
I've breastfed 2 of my 3 daughters and I never leaked before birth either. I was able to express a little bit maybe a couple of weeks before birth but it wasn't much at all. I successfully breastfed both of them for a total of 39 months.



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 08:24 AM   6
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Just because a baby is suckling at the boob doesn't mean they're getting milk...trust me mine suckled almost non stop for the first day and there was jack all coming through.

Satisfied his need to suckle though.



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 09:30 AM   7
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thanks for all the answers girls, helped me a lot.. google was confusing me so its good to hear from people who have breastfed before.. =] xx



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 10:07 AM   8
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um. I plan on solely breastfeeding my baby but what happens if my milk comes through a few days after the baby is born?! will I have to introduce formula while I am waiting for my boobs to work!?



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 10:14 AM   9
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I never leaked beforehand and breastfed my son exclusively for over twelve months.

The baby suckling is what starts the process of the real milk coming in, but they do get nourishment from the colostrum in the days prior. My milk came in around day 3, but Cole was happy and content on the colostrum until then and rather bizarrely didn't lose any of his original birth weight! There should be no need to supplement with formula.



 
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Old Dec 14th, 2010, 11:10 AM   10
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um. I plan on solely breastfeeding my baby but what happens if my milk comes through a few days after the baby is born?! will I have to introduce formula while I am waiting for my boobs to work!?
thats what i was wondering too but the girls on this post say we will produce colustum or whatever its called before the real milk and the baby can live on that.. very confusing this pregnancy lark init.. lol xx



 
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