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Milk coming in question!

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enchantedspleen Tue 10-Mar-20 13:35:37

I'm 31+3 and am producing small amounts of colostrum. When people talk about your milk coming in after birth, does this mean it's already happened for me or is it different? I'm just curious!

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dementedpixie Tue 10-Mar-20 14:25:28

It's normal to leak colostrum in pregnancy. Your milk won't come in until a few days after birth and at first your baby will drink the colostrum

Namechangeymcnamechange11 Tue 10-Mar-20 14:27:23

You produce colostrum until approx 3 days after the birth which baby drinks. Around day 3, you produce milk when it 'comes in'.

severalboxes Tue 10-Mar-20 14:27:44

Post birth you have a bit of colostrum then the grand symphony of hormones starts up your proper milk production.

Common to have boobs like big hard bowling balls and feel a bit like you're coming down with something.

LemonScentedStickyBat Tue 10-Mar-20 14:35:05

Right now your pregnancy hormones are suppressing most milk production. After the placenta is delivered the hormone levels change and your main milk production starts. The colostrum (it’s just a concentrated version of your breast milk, not really a different substance) is there from about 20 weeks of pregnancy and is all the baby needs for the first 1-3 days after birth.

After birth it may be an overnight change to “milk coming in” or it might be very gradual over the first couple of days. You might leak loads of milk or just a little or not at all. There is a wide range of normal!

enchantedspleen Tue 10-Mar-20 14:41:15

Wow, thank you everyone! Does it hurt when your milk comes in? Or just feel a bit gross?

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InDubiousBattle Tue 10-Mar-20 14:44:50

Yes it hurts. Or at least it did for me and all of the women I know! It's not gross though. It's often accompanied by a big surge in hormones which made me cry a lot. It settles down fairly soon though. Are you planning on bf?

plixy Tue 10-Mar-20 14:50:39

Yeah it hurt. I had a section which can delay it so mine didn't come in until day 4. I woke up and it was like someone had pumped my boobs up overnight. They were rock hard, huge and painful. They were actually so hard baby couldn't latch on properly so I had to express some first.
You might find they keep over filling for a few days until your body works out how much you actually need

LemonScentedStickyBat Tue 10-Mar-20 16:42:45

It is painful for a lot of women but was fine for me as it wasn’t sudden

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