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November 7th, 2006, 12:09 PM
elbe's Avatar Super Mommy
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I'm nearly 16 weeks pregnant and already beginning to see the signs of lactation. I'm not having any leakage, per sae, but a lot of some dried substance on my nipples, especially in the mornings. Over the past few days I have noticed that my breasts have become much firmer, even hard in some places, and my nipples are, well, huge, even my areolas. I'm wondering if these are signs that lactation is imminent.

Has anyone felt like this or can anyone describe to me what it feels like when you start to produce milk? Is it likely that I could start producing soon?


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November 7th, 2006, 12:12 PM
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It's normal. It doesn't mean your milk is coming in, but it's your body's way of getting ready for nursing once your baby is here.
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November 7th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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Welcome to the board! Your body is just getting ready for baby. Its normal to leak some colostrum while you are pregnant. You dont actually produce milk until after baby comes. It usually takes 3-5 days for your milk to come in and until then your baby only needs to eat colostrum

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