Pregnancy & Parenting
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It was after I gave birth in my pregnancy.
Unless you breastfed before you shouldn’t produce any until after the baby is born. If you do produce anything at all it shouldn’t actually be milk, it will be colostrum. That is what your baby gets in the first few days of breastfeeding. It doesn’t nourish (the baby won’t need that until a few days after birth) but it will pass on vitamins, nutrients and immunities.
Milk doesn’t come in until after the baby is born.
You don’t start producing milk until AFTER the baby is born. Usually by the 4th or 5th day. During pregnancy, your breast produce colostrum.. it’s a pre-milk. Very very rich in antibodies. It coats baby’s stomach and intestines. Helps baby to pass the meconium.
You do not actually start producing milk until the placenta is released from the body. That triggers the hormons in your body to start making milk for baby. As for making colostrom the stuff that comes in before milk some women start experience leaking around 6-7 months of pregnancy and some never experence it, but its there and the baby eats that for the first couple of days of life as your milk comes in.
Your breasts will start to produce colostrum, the first milk, at about 16-20 weeks (4-5 months. When the placenta is delivered your body will get the message hormonally to start to produce milk. The colostrum will start the change over to milk at about 3-5 days. This is partially dependent on how early and often you breastfeed after birth.
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