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Posted by: Quest | 2004/12/17

Pregnancy and BreastMilk(Please Help!)

hi all,
Just a quick question. i'll like to know when exaclty your breast start discharging milk during pregnancy. Some people say thier breast start secreting milk as early as 4 weeks into pregnancy. On the other hand, i have meet people who say they don't get breastmilk until during delivery.

I'll just like to know the opinion of people with similar experience in this forum.

Thanks
Quest

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It varies from person to person. Milk secretion can start very early in some women, in others only after delivery.

Best wishes

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Posted by: Purple | 2004/12/17

Your body produces colustrum (very rich, concentrated milk) all the way through pregnancy.

It can start leaking out at any stage of pregnancy, most often in the last trimester, but for some people it doesn't leak out at all.

Just remember that it is there though, you don't need to squeeze, prod or poke your breasts - it will just make them hurt, and won't make any colustrum appear.

What Belle has said is perfectly correct.

You should contact a lactation consultant with all your breast feeding queries. They are experts in human breast feeding. You can get a number for one in your area from the back of Your Pregnancy magazine in their directory.

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Posted by: Belle | 2004/12/17

Hi Quest

Usually you don't produce milk as such during pregnancy. Many women produce small amounts of colostrum (Spelling?) which can leak out but not everyone does and there is no definate date as to when this should happen. Other women have no discharge at all throughout their pregnancy. The important thing is that the colostrum is there even if you don't know about it. When your baby is put to your breast for the first time this is the first "meal" that they will get. It is a very small amount, less than a teaspoon but is very nutritional for them. The babies sucking action on the nipple will then stimulate the breast to start producing milk which can happen very quickly or take a day or two, but the more and the sooner your baby nurses the quicker it will happen.

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