So I am almost 36 weeks pregnant and I'm starting to get worried by the fact that I don't seem to have any colostrum yet. Not only have I never leaked at all, but I can't express so much as a drop. Does this mean I won't have colostrum when the baby is born?
Well, I am older than you, I couldn't express a drop in pregnancy either, and I had so much milk I could have easily fed triplets. MASSIVE over supply! So don't worry - it is not an indication of supply at all.
Have you talked to an LC or gone to a La Leche League meeting yet? So helpful when preparing to breastfeed - even just to increase your confidence!
This is also a great webpage: http://www.kellymom.com/bf/start/index.html
and... be prepared to have sore nipples in the start (I used lanolin to soothe), be prepared for baby to feed 18-32 times in 24 hours at first, invest in a great water bottle - I was so surprised at how thirsty I was! - and know that it is normal for baby to lose some weight in the beginning.
Best wishes for birth and happy baby mooning!
Thanks everybody! That really eases my mind!
I had plenty of colostrum during all of my pregnancies, but I have never been able to nurse without an SNS, so in my case, it was the opposite.
I had one drop of colostrum during my pregnancy (boy was that an exciting moment!), although I never really tried to express any, and now I have a kind of low supply. It's enough for the baby, but when I pump I get about half of the average (1-2 oz in a 20 min session). But I have never thought the lack of colostrum in pregnancy had any relationship to that whatsoever.
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I also had no colostrum during pregnancy, but bordered on oversupply for baby's first few months. My MW said the best indication of whether or not you will have enough milk for baby is whether or not your breasts grow during pregnancy.
L, student nurse and married to A, my union man. Happy parents to little S!
I never leaked with my last pregnancy (or this one either) and had an oversupply...my milk actually was "in" within 24 hours of birth. (Even though everyone assured me it was normal for it to take several days...I was spraying out the other side when nursing)
My breasts never grew in pregnancy or when my milk came in so I would disagree with this. I also didn't leak colostrum during either of my pgs. I have a huge oversupply and OALD and I had to block feed for almost 6 months. My oversupply can still be triggered if DS2 nurses more than his normal amount.
i never leaked with my first pg, i could express a drop of colostrum at a time but that's it. i had a GREAT supply!
this time around, i'm 33w5d so far and can express one drop every few hours if i try hard enough. i'm not worried.
I haven't had a problem with nursing, colostrum was there when baby latched on and my milk came in 2.5 days post partum.
P.J This line was entirely me! I was so excited to find that my works were working. :)