Breastfeeding can be super intimidating to a new mom. Hey why wouldn't it be there is a ton of information online, in your local mom groups and from family and friends that you might start to feel overwhelmed. But we are here to help you navigate through the first few weeks of your breastfeeding journey. What to expect, whats normal and how to manage.
WHEN WILL MY BREASTMILK COME IN?
For most women their milk will come in between 3 to 5 days after delivery. In the first few days she will have what is called colostrum which is thick, yellowish in color and contains a ton of antibodies, carbohydrates and proteins that are good for baby. Once her milk comes in her breasts will get larger and may feel warm for the first 24 hours which is normal. It usually takes around 6 weeks to regulate your supply and some woman may experience engorgement which means the breasts are too full of milk or that you are producing more than baby is eating.
MANAGING BREAST ENGORGEMENT
Managing engorgement can be done at home. If you are feeling engorgement between feedings you can always hand express, use cold compresses or even pump for some relief. It is important to remember that it may be more difficult for baby to latch when the breasts are engorged so hand expressing a little before or even massaging from the breast wall to the nipple area may help the milk flow out more easily.
IS MY BABY GETTING ENOUGH?
One concern most women have is how do they know if baby is getting enough milk? If baby is gaining weight, having wet and dirty diapers as well as seeming content after a nursing session are all good signs. If you are concerned you can always meet with your doctor and express your questions and concerns.
Breastfeeding is such a special bonding time for mom and baby. Asking questions is a good thing as you will probably have a ton of them at first. If you are unsure of some of the information you are getting you can always ask your Doula and we can help you find a IBCLC if needed.