Breastfeeding Before Milk Comes In

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BB - December 27

Hi. I am just wondering what you do before your milk comes in. I read that it takes 3 to 5 days for the milk to come in. So do they just drink the colostrum (sp?) and is that enough?


Jen P - December 27

It is definetly enough.The colostrum is the most important food you give your baby in the first few days.


tiffani - December 27

In the first few days of life, the baby doesn't need much nourishment. The colostrum that he (or she) gets from b___stfeeding happens in the first few days and is loaded with some very important antibodies. By b___stfeeding your baby as soon as possible after birth, you are signaling your body to begin producing milk. So, while it feels like you're not providing much, take it easy and know that you are. :o)


sara - December 28

Yes, and let them nurse as much as they want, even if it is all day. It will really help your supply build up. I let the nurses talk me into giving her a bottle after nursing because mine had jaundice, and it really decreased my milk.


Christy - December 28

Yes. One tsp of colostrum is supposedly nutritionally equivalent to 2-3 oz of formula. Also, ditto on what the gals said above. :)


BB - December 28

Thanks girls for all of your input. I am really nervous about bf. I read that you are supposed to bf every two hours. Is that what you ladies do or do you feed on demand? I can't imagine feeding every two hours.....when do you sleep?


tiffani - December 28

I have always fed on demand. With this being my 3rd child, I have found it to be quite difficult keeping up with his nursing demands, and the demands of my other children, because babies do eat all the time. As far as sleep, you'll manage. I have choosen to co-sleep, which makes b/f throughout the night easy. I just roll over and feed him, and before I even realize it, we've both fallen back asleep (while feeding). I really don't feel all that sleep deprived. Please note that co-sleeping can be dangerous if you are anything but a very light sleeper. If this is your first child, and you are able to stay at home with him/her, then just be sure to sleep when the baby sleeps, and you'll be just fine. Don't be nervous, you'll be amazed at how natural it all will be once your baby arrives. Good luck! :o)


Jamie - December 28

I feed on demand, also - my daughter is nearly 5 months and eats every 4 hours. I think anyone who says to do it every 2 hours is crazy and has never b___stfed a DH was uber paranoid about our daughter eating enough at first, and would wake me every hour and a half to nurse the baby...or, worse, he'd wake HER and then wake me up while she was crying, and say she was hungry. GRRRR. Maybe it's just my daughter, but I still can't get her to nurse if she's not hungry. SO...if your baby sleeps for 3 or 4 hours, be grateful and enjoy it! But, for the first few weeks, I would definately try to feed him/her if he/she sleeps more than 5 or 6 hours.


Toya - December 28

Yeah..colostrum is the only thing babies need until your milk comes in, and your body will know when to make it. My milk came in 2 days after I gave birth as I was leaving the hospital. I b___stfed on demand as well! Breastfeeding did not tie me down that much...It was actually great, because I got to relax while feeding.


Christy - December 28

My son was very sleepy during his first two weeks of life because his bilirubin was high. I had to wake him every 2-3 hours to be nursed because he would have kept sleeping if I let him, which was not going to help get my milk supply up for him nor help eliminate the bilirubin from his blood. Luckily, he is fine, nursing and growing well, but if I let him take the lead those first two weeks, he may have ended up needing phototherapy and supplementation. I feed him on demand now as he has gotten much better at letting me know when he wants to eat. I think you will find you are feeding baby every 2-3 hours. You may get one 4-5 hour stretch in there when baby is a bit older if you are lucky. Sleep when you can and don't worry about cleaning and all of that stuff. It'll be there waiting for you once you get the time to do it. :)


Jamie - December 28

Well, then, Christy, I stand corrected! My daughter was slightly jaundiced, but not enough for the doctors to worry - I was also a cow...I seriously went from a C cup right before delivery to an when NOT engorged! So I can see having to nurse on such a strict schedule if you have supply issues or if the baby has health issues.



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