Can anyone else express colostrum yet? I seem to have something like it going on... it's quite watery, yet sticky... (and tastes kind of like nothing)
I'm 26 weeks, and though I can express little clear droplets out, I'm not leaking anything. My boobs have quadrupled in size though...and I was already a double D to begin with. They are heavy and not perky at all. *sigh* I'm actually excited for when they fill with milk so they'll be a bit perkier, lol!
Ohhhh... THAT'S what that is! I've been seeing that on my nipples for a couple of weeks, along with some sharp jolts running through my breasts. I figured something was going on in preparation for milk. Thanks for sharing and demystifying the situation!
The crusty, harder stuff may persist for a bit. I know I wasn't leaky this early with my last pregnancy, but did have the thicker stuff from about 4 months on. I have been told that with the early appearance of colostrum, the quicker/easier your milk will come in. That seemed to be true last time for me!
That's interesting! I've never leaked colostrum and nursing was a piece of cake with both kids. In fact both surpassed their birth weights by OVER a pound at their four day Ped visits. My milk runneth over...or something like that. :)
I babysat my 11 month old nephew today...boy was that an experience!
He is totally different from how my 4 year old son was as a baby. Very clingy, very needy. If you leave his sight even for a second, he has a little breakdown.
So, he is crying because I sat him down to go to the bathroom...I come back and pick him up and try to calm him down, and my nipples started leaking like crazy!!
I had this happen after I had my son and was breastfeeding, but the leaking in response to crying never happened to me while pregnant!
Breast size has nothing to do with whether or not a woman will produce milk. Don't be nervous, mama! If you were leaking anything, even a tiny amount, earlier on in your pregnancy, you've got the equipment and the hormones necessary to produce breastmilk for your baby.
Also, I have been known to try to express liquid from my breasts all throughout my pregnancy...just out of curiosity, lol, and sometimes I get stuff out, and sometimes weeks will go by without a drop. Again, it is *not* indicative of whether or not I will produce milk after baby is born.
Winniepam - I can assure you that just as Wombjuice says, breast size has nothing to do with success of breastfeeding or anything to do with dripping colostrum. When not pregnant or breastfeeding I can't even wear a bra. What do they call it, a AA? Yeah. I don't have a bust. When pregnant I become an A cup and while breastfeeding I'm between an A and B, the latter only in the early days. I nursed my 3 children for 6 months, 19 months, and 23 months, respectively. Don't sweat it a for moment. Your breasts will fulfill the purpose for that which they have been made.