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November 4th, 2011, 01:49 PM
Join Date: Jun 2011
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I am 34 weeks pregnant and very concerned I won't be able to breastfeed my daughter. During my pregnancy my breasts have not changed in size at all. My nipples seem a bit larger and definitely darker though. A few times I have squeezed my breast/nipple and gotten some colostrum to come out. But only a little bit. Like if you were to prick your finger a few times with a pin then squeeze it. I know that I shouldn't be doing that though since it can cause premature labor, so I only did it a few times. And a few times I have gotten tiny stains the size of peas on my shirts from leakage. I have heard from many people that sometimes a woman's breasts don't get bigger until after birthing the child, but I'm really hoping to feed my daughter naturally. I know a lot of pregnant women who say their colostrum "has come in", but I don't know if that means only tiny drips or full breasts. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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November 4th, 2011, 02:35 PM
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I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to BF your daughter. It's normal to only be getting drops out. At first your baby will only need a few drops of colostrum. A couple of days after you give birth your milk will come in - and you'll know it! I had my son on a Thursday and my milk came in the following Saturday. If you have questions or trouble with nursing during your stay at the hospital, be sure to ask for a visit from the lactation consultant to help you out. Good luck!
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November 4th, 2011, 07:55 PM
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Many times the actual milk doesn't come in until 3-5 days after delivery and if there isn't enough there are many ways to increase milk production . As the Previous poster stated if you have any issues the lactation consultant is there as long as they are a good one I had a 'bad one'.

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