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If you don't leak/see any signs of colostrum during pregnancy - does that mean you'll struggle more to produce milk?

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hattyyellow Mon 27-Oct-08 10:21:40

Many pregnant friends have mentioned leaking boobs towards the end of pregnancy. I didn't get any colostrum leaking last pregnancy, even when I tried squeezing my nipples. Same thing seems to be happening this time around.

I struggled to produce milk last time. Is there any correlation between leaking/seeing signs of colostrum in pregnancy and having good milk supplies?

PuzzleRocks Mon 27-Oct-08 10:22:53

I didn't have anything during pregnancy and my milk came in within 24 hours of giving birth. I never experienced any problems with breastfeeding.
Congratulations btw.

TinkerBellesMum Mon 27-Oct-08 10:23:27

I never had any milk leak during pregnancy, I'm not having any in this one either despite feeding my toddler too. I like to think I'm just efficient!

PuzzleRocks Mon 27-Oct-08 10:29:20

Apologies for hijack. TBM - how are you?

ilovemyghds Mon 27-Oct-08 10:33:40

I never leaked during pregnancy but always had plenty of milk. Did have problems with feeding all 3 though (which I sorted out) but no problems related to milk production - just latch, pain etc!

themildmanneredaxemurderer Mon 27-Oct-08 10:34:05

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WhereWolfTheWildThingsWere Mon 27-Oct-08 10:34:30

Another who has never had any leakage during pregnancy, but has had no problems this time.

I don't think there is a link tbh.

Do you know what was wrong last time, have you thought about speaking to a bfing councellor before you have your baby?

TinkerBellesMum Mon 27-Oct-08 10:38:52

I'm ok thanks PuzzleRocks. A bit worn out as they're still coming but nothing much is happening. 26+1 today so on the home stretch now.

hattyyellow Mon 27-Oct-08 10:39:40

Thanks all that's really helpful and reassuring to know that you can get a good supply up without leaking furiously during pregnancy!

Wherethe I had a c-section and am trying to determine how much that made things difficult - the jury seems to be out as to how much of an effect that can have on milk supply/milk coming in..

I also had twins so I can see I that would have made things more challenging!

Just expecting the one this time around so was hoping it would be easier to breastfeed -although I'll probably have to have a section again due to various factors so I'm not sure whether that will make things more difficult again to establish supply/get feeding going.

missmama Mon 27-Oct-08 10:40:08

Have never leaked before the babies were born, breastfed them both, DS1 for 8 weeks DS2 for 8 months.
I have not leaked this time either so do not anticipate any problems.

TheProvincialLady Mon 27-Oct-08 10:42:57

I never leaked a drop in pregnancy or during the whole time I produced milk - but there was ample. A lot of people worry about this I think (I did during my last pg but this time I know there is nowt to worry about).

Maybe some of us have better nipple seals or somethinggrin

Denny185 Mon 27-Oct-08 10:45:32

X3 pregnancies all c-sections, never leaked during and milk supply never a prob. Congrats and all the best

pudding25 Mon 27-Oct-08 12:10:25

Never leaked when pregnant or could get any colostrum. In fact, never leaked afterwards and have always had plenty of milk.

zoejeanne Mon 27-Oct-08 14:08:09

Crikey, I've been leaking (mainly at night) since 5 1/2 months - and this week it actually looked milky and not clear. Still only 32 weeks, so that's a lot more leaking til baby arrives! Where did you get your nipple seals provinciallady, can I have some? grin

dinny Mon 27-Oct-08 14:14:51

no, never had any leakafe in either prev pg (or this one yet - 23 weeks) and I never leaked when feeding either

had no probs producing enough milk

BlackPussyCat Mon 27-Oct-08 14:21:22

I leaked milk from about 22 weeks onwards and thought, wahey, it's a sign that it's all going to go fabulously...

BUT I had an abysmal breastfeeding experience with ds who wouldn't latch on and I had no 'let-down' when I used the pump and therefore couldn't express. Despite waking up soaked with the stuff every time.sad

So no, I don't think there is any correlation.
Apologies for going off on one!

zebedee1 Mon 27-Oct-08 14:58:32

No leaking here, not a drop! I had a 9lb7oz monster who was exclusively BF till 6 months and never dropped off the 98th centile. so no correlation here.

hattyyellow Mon 27-Oct-08 15:02:36

Cheers so much all - this is really reassuring!

scorpio1 Mon 27-Oct-08 15:04:24

with my first two pgs i leaked everywhere, all the time and didnt bf at all.(through choice)

The third time i wanted to bf but didnt leak, and got worried....Mimi has been exc BF for 6 months, we are nearing 7 months and still going

BlackPussyCat Mon 27-Oct-08 15:08:12

That's brilliant scorpio! Tis nice to hear of others' successessmile

Does it make you wish you'd bf the first 2?

If I were to have another I'd almost definitely NOT bf due to past experience, which makes me v sad

BlackPussyCat Mon 27-Oct-08 15:08:35

<apologies for hijack>

SoupDragon Mon 27-Oct-08 15:08:40

Never leaked colostrum, always had plenty of milk.

scorpio1 Mon 27-Oct-08 15:09:01

it really does, really and truely. i love it, i did from the first feed.

BlackPussyCat Mon 27-Oct-08 15:11:28

Aaaw that's lovely.smile Wish I could have experienced that feeling

stillstanding Mon 27-Oct-08 15:17:50

I had no leaking when pg but plenty of milk after. I can't imagine there is a link but have no expertise in this matter!

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