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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)


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I'm not really expressing colostrum yet, but my breasts are starting to get a little juicy. Sometimes I'll find a drop of watery fluid leaking out. I figure it's a good sign that my body is getting ready for baby.
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My DD is still nursing and I think I am starting to produce it, but I really couldn't tell since she is usually attached to the boob. 


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I've been expressing colostrum since I was about 14 weeks.  Not a whole lot, but its definitely there.

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Almost 23 weeks here and my breasts have been steadily leaking for about three weeks now...

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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! lol.gif


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No leaking yet, but I am a solid 36G these days. Yikes. My back is not happy.

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I don't remember leaking this early with my first, but the midwives tell me that the yellow clumps on my nipples are not-liquid-enough-to-drip colostrum that is starting to push its way out.  It's creepy.  How can I be 'leaking' a solid!  Ick! Ick! Ick!  grossedout.gif

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I don't remember leaking this early with my first, but the midwives tell me that the yellow clumps on my nipples are not-liquid-enough-to-drip colostrum that is starting to push its way out.  It's creepy.  How can I be 'leaking' a solid!  Ick! Ick! Ick!  grossedout.gif


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!

 


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I had a sneaking suspicion that's what that was!  Yay!  I've had that for at least a month now... should I be expecting real liquid soon?

 

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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!


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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. :)
 

 


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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!


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Well, now I'm a little nervous because I'm barely a size B - barely... and I've had the hard yellow stuff since 4 months, but I haven't seen it in a while. I didn't think leaking this early was possible... confused.gif <sigh> I might be too small to have colostrum dripping anyway.

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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. smile.gif
 

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Well, now I'm a little nervous because I'm barely a size B - barely... and I've had the hard yellow stuff since 4 months, but I haven't seen it in a while. I didn't think leaking this early was possible... confused.gif <sigh> I might be too small to have colostrum dripping anyway.



 


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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. joy.gifbfinfant.gif



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Thanks, wombjuice and GreenMama...redface.gif lol, yeah, I'm a AA too lol. First baby... so much to learn. 

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Yep! And my dd is super happy. Me on the other hand, not so much. I'm glad that she's getting something, I just can't deal with the super stinky poopy accidents that she is suddenly having because it comes on so quickly for her. 


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I will admit that the one thing I love about being pregnant is my new boobs. I was about a B cup before and now I am a solid C. I also have been seeing lots of hard clumps for the past 2 months or so.

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I've been told that the boobs don't last though... Do they? I actually don't know how to deal with them lol... I've never really had any before...

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I've been told that the boobs don't last though... Do they? I actually don't know how to deal with them lol... I've never really had any before...



They do go down, once you're done Bf-ing, but for me, I was an A before I had my kid and before I got pregnant this time around, I was a B-and-a-half.  So some does stay, typically.


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I had a gap of not bfing between children between my first and second child and my breasts became smaller than they did before getting pregnant with my first. Then I got pregnant with my third while my second was still a nursling, so can't say anything there, but mt third child was weaned for 1 month before getting pregnan with this baby (#4) and even in just that one month my breasts went back to smaller than they ever were before having children. I really do have the chest of an 8 year old boy. We'll see what it is like this time. I'm oping for 2+ years of nursing and we'll see what happens.



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I'm totally hoping for shrinkage after breastfeeding this second one!  We got pregnant while #1 was still nursing, so I don't know what they're going to do.  They were DD before pregnancy.  Some kind of cartoonish size in the last months and the first year of BF, then sort of normalish again when he cut down his nursing and was eating more solid food.  He weaned this summer, but I was already pregnant, so I can only hope for a nice single letter in a couple of years, preferably near the front of the alphabet!

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I'm totally hoping for shrinkage after breastfeeding this second one! 



I hear you Psythme. I'm normally at 34DD or DDD, depending on my weight.

 

After burying my head in my hands in the dressing room at Nordstrom when the fitting professional told me I am now a 36G, I can only hope that my girls will shrink a little when breastfeeding is over. I imagine I am going to be in H or I territory in my early days of feeding the little guy. Talk about over the shoulder boulder holders! blush.gif


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Kinda OT (at least deviating from boob size)... is there such a thing as too MUCH colostrum? I'm not leaking per se, but I can express what looks to be an awful lot! I thought it just came out in little bits at a time, but I feel like I can get at least a tablespoon or so from each side with hand expressing. It is still fairly watery at this time too.


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It seems like I can express a decent amount of Colostrum as well, from what I've read there's not really a "too much". Everyone is a little different, and our bodies will continue producing Colostrum until our little ones arrive, and our milk comes in.

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Being able to express a spoonful soon after birth was great.  Rocket was having a hard time latching, so we spoonfed him a little bit that way.  I'd be psyched if I got that much out pre-birth!

 

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