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So I read that it can take a few days, or a week to get your milk in after you have your baby. So question: what does your baby do for that time period? I mean I imagine you still try to breast feed.. But if your milk isn't in yet then what's your baby doing for food?
Yes, you produce colostrum which is very important for baby to get. You nurse, every 2 hours, just like you would if you milk was there. When I had my first baby, the nurse scared me into thinking that because of my age, it would take forever for my milk to come in. I was so worried, and then it showed up in 2 days. Try not to worry about it. Remember, formula hasn't been around forever and yet, the human race still survived. Your baby won't starve in those first few days.
What the other ladies said You'll know when your milk comes in and your baby's belly isn't very large in the beginning. I think they say it's like 2 tablespoons of colostrum will fill them up. Good question though
Yep, they eat colostrum. I don't produce as much colostrum as milk, so my babies nurse a ton in the first few days. Make sure to keep some lanolin on hand for nipple soreness! The constant nursing is a little bit tough for me, but I just remind myself it helps the milk come faster and it's good for the baby.
With my first my milk didn't really come in for almost 4 days. The nurse kept squeezing his belly telling me it was still nice and full from when he was inside (apparently they swallow a lot of amniotic fluid during labor and delivery). Nature takes care of it.
If babies blood sugar is low (like DD cause she was early) or they are very very small they do give them a little formula until your milk comes.
Mama to 6yr old DS, 3yr old DD and Baby 3 on the way!
Yeah newborns stomachs are teeny, like the size of a marble. It's pretty amazing. In fact they're only expected to have 1 wet diaper the first day of life, and then wet diapers increase with each day. The human body has all necessary to sustain a baby inside and out.
After the earthquake in Mexico City in 1985 I think they were finding newborn babies in the rubble 7 days after the quake because they had enough water and what they needed on board to last a lot longer than one would imagine.