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Lindi - February 7

Do any of you have br___t milk yet? Some of my friends tell me that I will start producing milk and that it might start to leak. I am 23 weeks now and do not have any milk yet. Should I be concerned????

 

^lucy^ - February 7

i have a friend who delivered her baby 2 weeks ago,, she didnt plan to b___stfeed so she didnt really care if she had milk or not.. but after she saw her baby, she wanted to try b___stfeeding her, but no enough milk.. the nurse at the hospital told her that there are some foods and vitamins she can take before delivery to increase her milk supply if she's planning to b___stfeed and didnt experience leaking during pregnancy.. u might ask ur doctor but maybe it's just a bit early.. sorry for making it long but just wanted to share my friend's experience :)

 

Cabbie - February 7

This is my third baby and I have never developed b___st milk that could be expressed until after my babies were born. Some people are different. Some do develop it early.

 

Cabbie - February 7

By the way I did b___stfeed.

 

Steph - February 7

Your actual milk does not come in until 2-4 days after your baby is born. What was leaking from your friend is colostrum, which is what gives the baby the greatest amount of antibodies for the first couple of days of their life. Some women never leak colostrum, which if in your case, be thankful for that. Your going to be leaking milk after your baby, so it's one less thing to worry about. Here's something I found that may be helpful to you.***********Colostrum is the first milk your b___sts produce in the early days of b___stfeeding. This special milk is low in fat, and high in carbohydrates, protein, and antibodies to help keep your baby healthy. It is extremely easy to digest, and is therefore the perfect first food for your baby. It is low in volume but high in concentrated nutrition for the newborn. Colostrum has a laxative effect on the baby, helping him pa__s his early stools, which aids in the excretion of excess bilirubin and helps prevent jaundice. When your baby is b___stfed early and often, your b___sts will begin producing mature milk around the third or fourth day after birth. Your milk will then increase in volume and will generally begin to appear thinner and lighter in color. In those first few days it is extremely important to b___stfeed your newborn at least 9-12 times in 24 hours-- and more often is even better. This allows your baby to get all the benefits of the colostrum and also stimulates production of a plentiful supply of mature milk. Frequent b___stfeeding also helps prevent engorgement. Your colostrum provides not only perfect nutrition tailored to the needs of your newborn, but also large amounts of living cells which will defend your baby against many harmful agents. The concentration of immune factors is much higher in colostrum than in mature milk. Colostrum actually works as a natural and 100% safe vaccine. It contains large quant_ties of an antibody called secretory immunoglobulin A (IgA) which is a new substance to the newborn. Before your baby was born, he received the benefit of another antibody, called IgG, through your placenta. IgG worked through the baby's circulatory system, but IgA protects the baby in the places most likely to come under attack from germs, namely the mucous membranes in the throat, lungs, and intestines. Colostrum has an especially important role to play in the baby's gastrointestinal tract. A newborn's intestines are very permeable. Colostrum seals the holes by "painting" the gastrointestinal tract with a barrier which mostly prevents foreign substances from penetrating and possibly sensitizing a baby to foods the mother has eaten. Colostrum also contains high concentrations of leukocytes, protective white cells which can destroy disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Later, when you are producing mature milk for your baby, the concentrations of the antibodies in the milk will be lower, but your baby will be taking in much higher volumes of milk. The disease-fighting properties of human milk do not disappear with the colostrum. In fact, as long as your baby receives your milk, he will receive immunological protection against many different viruses and bacteria.

 

Chan - February 10

My milk didn't come in until 2 days after my sone was born.

 

Lyz B - February 10

I have b___stfed in the past and so did my mom (who had 9 and b___stfed all of them) both she and I developed the colostrum "early" around 12 weeks but our real milk did not come in until 3 days after giving birth.

 

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