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Old 07-07-2008, 02:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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The other day my DH asked when my colostrum would come in and I told him that I thought most moms got a tiny bit in the very end of pregnancy and that your body started making more when you hit labor. He told me to check so I rolled my thumb down my breast and was amazed that colostrum came out at 22 weeks. This is my first pregnancy and I have been really excited about BF, but I have to admit I was a little weirded out by the fluid this early. Has anyone else had this experience?
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It's definitely not too early... a lot of mamas get colostrum/leaking around this point. Very normal! I can't squeeze out anything yet, but I know it's coming soon

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I've seen little crusty bits, so I'm pretty sure there's some in there. Plus, my cat is sick ( ) and one day I was giving him a treatment he didn't like and he meowed, and I had the milk let-down feeling. I was like whoah. But it makes sense...I'm his human adoptive mama!

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I started producing about a week ago at about 21 weeks.

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I've seen little crusty bits, so I'm pretty sure there's some in there.
I started noticing that around 12 weeks both times. I know exactly what you mean about the "crusty bits", too...can't say I'm in love with my pregnant nipples

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i started getting it at about 20 weeks, i think its super cool!
i dont leak yet, it just comes out when i express it.
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I thought I'd have it by now (this being my 3rd) and I keep checking but no luck. Not that I have any use for it right this second!

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i've got crusties too (lovely, huh?), but i can't express anything.

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I'm still nursing and I can tell that my milk is changing to colostrum now

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I noticed about 3 weeks ago(14 weeks) that I had dried Colostrum. And very early on my nipples/boobs hurt when a baby cries. OUCH!
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Colostrum here too! It smells and looks weird, though (yellow-ish).

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its supposed to look yellow. Or atleast mine did, and everywhere i read said it would be a bit yellower and thicker then the milk.
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Colostrum here too! It smells and looks weird, though (yellow-ish).
Yup, it's yellow. I had to pump like crazy when DS was born because I couldn't get him latched at first (was eventually able to breastfeed after lots of help from an LC). So of course with the pumping, I could see it all the time in the bottles, and it was cool to see it slowly transition from yellow to creamy to white.

The yellow color and all the amazing benefits are what give it its nickname- liquid gold!

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Your body actually starts producing colostrum towards the end of the first trimester (around 12 weeks for most women). When/if you can express some is variable, though. I leaked during my first pregnancy, but haven't experienced that this time. Maybe later? Can't remember when it started. I can express colostrum, though. I can't wait to nurse this baby!

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I started leaking colostrum at about week 20 or so. It's never been thick or yellow for me--just clear and odorless. I never had much at once, but the other morning I woke up and the front of my shirt was absolutely soaked around my left breast! I can't believe how much must have leaked out overnight. It smelled vaguely of sour milk...very strange.

Sorry if TMI but I found it kind of fascinating.

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I have not had any yellow stuff, but I definitely have "crusty bits" (white colored) but the only thing I can express is clear.

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