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Is this normal? I have tried multiple times in the past few days to express even just one drop of colostrum for peace of mind, and can't. I know that trying to express can cause uterine contractions, but my due date is in nine days so that is not a concern for me. If I could get just one tiny SMIDGEN of a drop I would feel better but right now I am worried. I made an appointment with and met with a lactation specialist earlier this week and she just assured me that there was colostrum in there and said "if I tried to express it would come out" but then quickly told me not to try to check and see if that was true. She just told me to trust her and she dismissed me when I said I actually have tried to express and that NOTHING seems to be in there. Meeting with her was a total waste of time as I did not feel any more confident walking out than I did walking in.
I just don't understand, if I go into labor tomorrow, when they lay my baby on my chest what if there really is no colostrum for him? If I don't get colostrum, is it still possible that I will get milk a few days after birth?
Sweety i tried and tried with my first pregnancy and could not get one drop until my little man arrived, he didnt want to feed for the first day and i was worried i wouldnt be able to breastfeed but after that first day he latched and i was able to feed him for the first 6 months no problems at all. This pregnancy is completely different, i have been producing colostrum for the last couple of months now, must just be that my body now knows what to do to prep for a baby where as last time it was all new. Plus i didnt really know how to express the first time where as now i do.
A lot of women can't hand express colostrum while pregnant and go on to enjoy long nursing relationships. There are lots of reasons for this. For one, its not always easy to hand express, especially for a FTM. There's kind of an art to it. Second, baby can get a heck of a lot more out than you ever could hand expressing. Their little mouths are made just for that purpose. Third, some women just don't leak. Given that you have PCOS, its good to see a lactation consultant as PCOS can sometimes cause supply issues. Not always! You're doing the right thing by being proactive. Just try not to worry. The vast majority of women can produce all the milk their babies need. Also, while I agree that you shouldn't be going nuts on your boobs right now as nipple stimulation can bring on contractions. If it puts your mind at ease to see a little bit coming out then go ahead and try. You're nearly 39 weeks and labor won't start just because you played with your boobs. Its a good sign even if you can only get the tiniest drop out but its not always a bad sign if you can't get any. For reference, my boobs are like freaking fire hydrants (seriously, I can get DISTANCE hand expressing) after baby is born but I really have to put some effort in to get a little out now. So, trust your boobies and keep the number of the LC on file.
I was leaking like crazy from 20 - 30 weeks. All of a sudden at 31 weeks it came to a complete stop. I'm 35 weeks now, and haven't seen any leaking since. I'm a bit concerned too and worry about it all the time :-(
TMI - I occasionally have a little bit of what seems to "congealed" colostrum in the creases of my nipples that I gently clean out in the shower but despite that I cannot seem to hand express anything either.
I'm actually a little concerned about have breasts that are too big! I cannot physically cup my breast in on hand the way the breast-feeding pamphlets and guidelines tell you to! They are too big for my little hands, lol. So I guess I'll have to wait and see how things turn out!
UPDATE: I just wanted to keep everyone posted -- my colostrum came in literally right after birth. I couldn't believe it with my own eyes seeing little drops of colostrum form when i squeezed. Now 3 days after delivery I feel myself starting to engorge, I think my transitional/mature milk might be trying to come in now. Hopefully this update helps anyone if they were like me and didnt seem to have any action in their breasts during the pregnancy :-)