When does breast milk typically come in?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:42 PM on Oct. 25, 2008 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • generally 2-3 days after birth. before that is runny colostrum.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:43 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • and it can take up to a week, so don't be worried if it seems to be taking a while =)
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 9:44 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • That is true and untrue. It depends on how well the baby latches, how often you nurse, and your body. I nursed on demand from a few minutes after my first was born. But my let down with milk was 3 days later. With my second I did the same thing and I was leaking milk within 24 hours. Just like pregnancies and labor, there are no hard and fast rules. Consulting a La Leche League group in your area is the absolute best thing I can recommend if are or are considering breastfeeding. In either case, I wish you well and good luck!
    alwaysathomemom

    Answer by alwaysathomemom at 9:46 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • well im 37 weeks prego with my 1st child and have had pre milk since i was like 20 weeks
    mom-to-be21

    Answer by mom-to-be21 at 9:51 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • That is collostrum, not actual breasmilk. That is teh stuff full of antibodies for your little one to take in when they are born. That is normal. Get you some nursing pads over in the baby department at your local store and stick them in there. Not a big deal! Like I said, Good Luck and Congratulations!
    alwaysathomemom

    Answer by alwaysathomemom at 9:55 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • also use the lactation consultant in the hospital or the midwives at the birthing center you are going to. my point, alwaysathomemom, is it can take much longer than 2 days for milk to come in for some moms and they start thinking the baby is starving.
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 10:17 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • My first it took more then a week, but it was much sooner on my second -- my milk came in with her before I even left the hospital. Good luck Mom -- definitely like the other Moms here have said -- don't be afraid to ask the Lactation specialist all of the questions you have. Nursing can be intimidating the first time around.
    Serafyna

    Answer by Serafyna at 10:27 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • knoxvilledoula, I wasn't disagreeing with you. (You actually were answering the same time and I was and therefore not addressing you directly. sorry you misunderstood.) Anyway I was just trying to dispell the myths out there. There is a tendency for MISinformation which tends to scare the HELL out of most women and have them convinced that their baby might as well take a bottle til mom's milk comes in so the baby won't starve.
    My point was that milk can and does come in whenever it is ready lol. There is no hard and fast rule. However, I think her question was actually intended to be in regard to if it is possible to be latating MILK already BEFORE birth, which changes the conversation lol.
    alwaysathomemom

    Answer by alwaysathomemom at 11:03 PM on Oct. 25, 2008

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  • Colostrum usually appears before birth. Milk shows up as late as six days postpartum.

    Pick up a copy of "So That's What They're For" by Janet Tamaro. It'll help.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:56 AM on Oct. 26, 2008

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  • Mine came in almost 5 days afterwards. But I had a very sleepy baby who wanted to sleep more than nurse. (And no, she was not drugged or epiduralized. )
    mamalinzie

    Answer by mamalinzie at 6:57 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

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