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Breastfeeding/ Colostrum (x-posted)

Postby beth20 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:06 pm

Sorry if this is a stupid question but for all of you mommas that have breastfed before, does your milk come in quicker the second time around?

Also, I've been leaking a lot of colostrum over the last few days so could this also mean my milk will come in quicker? With DS, it came in around days 5-6 and DS lost quite a bit of weight. He was also quite jaundice and if it hadn't come in when it did, he would have ended up back in hospital.

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Postby KimmyH » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:47 pm

I have heard it does come faster with each child. Did you have a natural delivery with your 1st child and did he nurse a lot before your milk came in? C-section and pain meds can slow your milk coming in, and putting baby to the breast as often and long as possible will bring your milk faster. I was had a vaginal delivery with epidural and my milk came in the night we came home from the hospital (just over 48 h) with DD1.

Remember that a newborns stomach is only the size of a marble, so even a thimble full of colostrum is enough to fill the tummy. My DD had a bit of jaundice as well, so I totally understand that feeling of urgency waiting for your milk. If you needed to supplement with formula because of the jaundice, cup or syringe feeding is preferable to using a bottle to prevent nipple confusion.
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Postby beth20 » Mon Mar 19, 2012 12:59 pm

I had a natural vaginal delivery and I fed him straight away. I then fed on demand and if he went more than 3 hours, I would wake him. I remember my MW was quite surprised how long it took. I really hope its not as long this time.

I guess time will tell! Thanks for answering! :)
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Postby QueenC » Mon Mar 19, 2012 3:52 pm

With ds 1 I had a induced labor with pitocin, and had a vaginal delivery. I fed him within 2 hours of birth I believe. They had me nursing every 3 hours, we had a hard time with latching and I found it painful. Milk took 3 full days to come in.

With ds2, I had a drug free natural delivery, he was born Friday afternoon. I fed him within half hour of birth and they had me nursing every 3 hours. By Sunday evening my milk came in and I was very engorged and had tons of milk. So for me, my milk did come in sooner with my second child. But this is just my experience
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Postby fodla » Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:45 pm

Colostrum is magical stuff. Just feed often and it's more than enough to satisfy your baby (assuming good latch & milk transfer, etc) No need to rush your milk.
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Postby BeccaM » Tue Mar 27, 2012 11:31 am

My natural Bradley birth instructor said milk can take 6 - 7 days to come in and nurse and even pump very frequently to help. Maybe taking milk producing herbs/supplements might help? Mine only took 2 - 3 days. It was already transitioning to regular milk the day after I had him and the LC was amazed at how much I had... so I guess I am the wrong person to ask.

ETA: I had a natural birth and nursed right away also. Maybe every mama is different?
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Postby stefanielynn » Tue Mar 27, 2012 12:38 pm

Mine came in about 48 hours after birth for both my kiddos. With my first, though, it was really sudden. I went from no milk to HUGE and sore and engorged. It seemed to come in more gradually with my second; there wasn't the painful engorgement. First was an induced vaginal birth with an epidural. Second was a natural, med free birth. I'm thinking that when there is no c-section involved, it just depends on the mama and baby; I don't think there is a lot of rhyme or reason to it!
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